A parliamentary body on Wednesday refuted the argument
that the government's recent deals with foreign companies entail exporting up
to 80 percent of the gas to be extracted from the offshore blocks.
At a meeting at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, the
standing committee on power, energy and mineral resources ministry also decided
to meet the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources to
discuss the much-debated awarding of three offshore blocks.
Earlier on Monday, the national committee observed a
six-hour hartal demanding the government scrap the deals.
It alleges the contracts are against national
Talking to reporters after the meeting that lasted
around three hours, the JS panel said it plans to exchange views with the
national committee leaders at its next meeting.
At Wednesday meeting, the parliamentary committee
recommended the power and energy ministry organize seminars on the issue and
invite scholars, experts and representatives of the National Committee to
Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources.
It also observed that the issue should be discussed in
parliament so people can get a clear picture.