CPB, BaSoD call half-day shutdown for Feb 28 against gas price hike
Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-02-24 22:13:23.0 BdST Updated: 2017-02-25 03:14:34.0 BdST
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BaSoD) have called a half-day shutdown for Feb 28 in the capital to protest the decision of gas price hike.
However, the SSC exam candidates and the centres will be out of the strike's purview.
CPB President Mujahidul Islam Selim and BaSoD General Secretary Khalequzzaman announced the general strike in a joint statement on Friday.
The two leftist parties have termed the decision 'anti-public' and said the general strike would be enforced from 6 am to 12 pm on that day.
The statement said the gas prices were raised 'irrationally' to pass the 'burden created by the unlimited pillage in the sector to the people'.
"The people will never accept the decision," it added.
According to the new prices, the domestic consumers will have to pay 50 percent more for stoves than they are now paying while those using meters will have an additional 60 percent added to their bills.
The price of compressed natural gas (CNG), used for automobiles, will go up by 14.28 percent. For power generation, fertiliser production, industries and commercial entities, gas prices are rising by 5 to 50 percent.
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