Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told the Jatiya Sangsad that her
government was determined to extract oil and gas from the Bay of Bengal
ignoring opposition of some pressure groups, who, she said, "don't want
development of the country and expansions of industries."
"We will definitely extract gas whatever the difficulties," she said responding to a supplementary question of Enamul Haque MP during the weekly question-answer session in the House. Speaker Advocate Abdul Hamid was in the chair.
Sheikh Hasina said, "We are making arrangements to extract gas again from the blocs. Many are opposing the move. But we will do whatever is required for the development of the country. "
"They don't want the country to develop. They don't want that electricity production goes up," she said in an indirect dig at the National Committee on Protection of Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources and Power and Port-a pressure group of left-leaning professionals and politicians.
"Our main objective of our government is to ensure development of the country and for this, the government would go for exploration and lifting of natural gas whatever may be the obstacle created by any quarter," she said.