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Oil, gas committee’s demo Dec 22

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Staff Reporter The National Committee for Protection of Oil-Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity Sector and Ports will demonstrate across the country on December 22 to press home its several demands, including taking effective steps to save the Sundarbans. Prof Anu Mohammad, member secretary of the national committee, announced the program at a press conference held at Purana Paltan in the city on Monday. The other demands include compensating fishermen and those who earn their livelihood from the Sundarbans affected due to the oil spillage, slapping a permanent ban on the plying of commercial vessels through the Shela River and Pashur River and scrapping the move to construct a coal-fired power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat. Prof Anu Mohammad alleged that Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan and other high officials of the government are putting the Sundarbans towards further destruction through making careless comments over the oil spillage. He also criticized the government for not forming an expert committee to stop the oil spillage and oversee the losses immediately after the incident. Dr Md Abul Bashar of Dhaka University’s Zoology Department said the oil spill will affect the entire ecosystem, diversity of species and genetic resources of the environment of the Sundarbans. “Not only will the current generation but also the 3rd and 4th generation to be affected heavily following the consequence of the incident.” Committee organiser Ruhin Hossain Prince and coordinator of Ganotantrik Bam Morcha Junaid Saki were present at the press conference.