NewAge, January 9, 2008. Dhaka, Bangladesh
The advisory committee for finalising the draft coal policy on Tuesday submitted the policy to the Energy Division.
The committee convenor, former vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Abdul Matin Patwari handed over the finalised draft to the energy secretary, Mohammad Mohsin. It discourages coal export and recommends awarding coal exploration and development licence to a state-run entity that can go for joint venture with private-sector companies of home and abroad through competitive bidding, mandatory installation of power plants at mine entrances, setting up an open-pit coal mine as a test case, and forming a coal sector development committee to set the rate of royalty on the extracted coal time to time. Other members of the committee and Energy Division officials were present on the occasion. Abdul Matin told them that the committee finalised the draft by consensus of all the members, which was an impressive feat by its own right. The Energy Division will now examine the recommendations made by the committee in the draft coal policy, before sending it to the council of advisers for approval, the energy secretary told New Age. The members of the committee are the University Grants Commission chairman Professor Nazrul Islam, BUET Professor Nurul Islam, Dhaka University Professor Badrul Imam, Bangla-desh Army’s engineer-in-chief Major General Ismail Faruque Chowdhury, senior journalist Ataus Samad, Centre for Policy Dialogue executive director Mustafizur Rahman, Petrobangla director Maqbul-E-Elahi and former director Ehsanullah, and Infrastructure Investment Facilita-tion Centre executive director Nazrul Islam.