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 interests.
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.