Bangladesh will closeseminaries for one furtherday each week and reduceoffice hours to ease an electricity deficit, a governmentfunctionary says. Last month, the South Asian nationstarted daily two- hour powercuts.
Protesters havetaken to the thoroughfares in recent weeks after the governmentraised petrol prices by further than 50.
The war in Ukraine has driven up the cost of importingenergy and taken a risk on Bangladesh’s frugality and foreign currency reserves.
On Monday, Bangladesh Cabinet Secretary “Khandker Anwarul Islam” said that seminaries which were preliminarilyonlyclosed on Fridays- would nowalsobeshut on Saturdays.
Under normalcircumstances, seminaries in Bangladesh are open for six days a week- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, governmentservices and banks will have their opening hours cut to seven hours a day, rather of eight hours. still, privateservices will beallowed to set their own operating hours, Mr Islam said.
He added that the government would continue to givepower to townlets, including in the early hours of the morning when crops are rinsed.
numerouscorridor of Bangladesh are known to go without electricity for further than two hours a day.
The country generates utmost of its electricity from naturalgas, some of which it imports.
officershaveshut down all of the country‘s diesel- drivenpowershops, which regard for around 6 of Bangladesh’s electricity generation, because of the risingcost of energysignificances. Before this month, petrol prices were raised by further than 50, with the cost of the energyrising from 86 taka a litre( 90 US cents, 76p) to 130 taka.
At the sametime the price of diesel and kerosene went up by further than 40.
In July, Bangladesh came the third South Asian nation to seek a loan from the International Monetary Fund( IMF), after Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
While the size of the implicit loan has not yetbeendecided, addresses are anticipated to begin after the World Bank and IMF Spring meetings in October.
Bangladesh’s foreign currency reserveshavedownscaled to around$ 40bn(£ 34bn) or four and a half months of typicalgovernment spending.
In recent times, the$ 416bn frugality has beenlauded as one of the swift– growing in the world.