Hasan Mahmud slams TIB for its climate change fund report

Hasan Mahmud slams TIB for its climate change fund report

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Dhaka – Minister for Environment and Forests Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday
slammed Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) for its recent
study report on utilisation of government’s climate change trust fund.
Addressing a roundtable on ‘Narrowing the Demand-Supply Gap with
Commercial Biogas based Captive Power Generation in Bangladesh’ at the
CIRDAP Auditorium, he termed the TIB report “a fancied, wrong one
prepared without any study.” Fortnightly magazine Energy and Power
organized the seminar.
The Minister said an organisation recently prepared a report without
any study alleging that the government provided funds to some
politically linked NGOs which do not exist.
“This (TIB) report is totally baseless and prepared without any study.
When we see such report, we become disheartened,” he said.
It may be mentioned that TIB had brought allegation of corruption
against the Environment Ministry in the allocation of the fund.
Hasan Mahmud said the NGOs which received the government’s fund were
selected by the Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), a very
trustworthy organization.
Describing his Ministry’s different moves in support of environment
protection, he said this government has first introduced the ‘Award on
Environment’ and given awards to those persons who are also the
critics of the government.
The Environment Minister said the government has increased power
generation by 4000 MW in last five years while the country’s capacity
was only 3600 MW over nearly last 40 years.
Supporting the idea of promoting the biogas for power generation, he
said it could be mandatory for all house owners in the urban areas to
set up biomass plant which could produce huge electricity.
Terming the government’s solar home system (SHS) as a successful
programme, Hasan Mahmud said Bangladesh has now become a success story
in solar home system. So far, 2.4 million solar home systems were
introduced in Bangladesh.
He said he has been an unpopular minister for realizing penalty of Tk
123 crore from industry owners for violation of environmental law.
“But I’ll continue to be in favour of environment wherever I work
since I’m a student of environment.”
The function was also addressed, among others by, GIZ-SED Advisor
Dildar Ahmed Tawfiq, Phoenix Agro Ltd’s chairman Samiul Ahsan and
chief engineer of Kazi Farms Group Sk Nasir Uddin.

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