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BANGLADESH government Monday cancelled its previous decision to reintroduce daylight saving time from April 1 due to people’s sufferings. The latest decision came from a regular cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The premier expressed unhappiness to her cabinet colleagues saying it is very unfortunate that people sometimes cannot adapt to a new system.

“We introduced the system for the people. We have to cancel it now as they don’t like it,” a cabinet member quoted the premier to be saying.

“We could have saved up to 200 megawatt of electricity had the system continued. People would have benefited from it in the end. But we don’t want people to misunderstand us,” said the premier.

The PM’s press secretary, Abul Kalam Azad, told journalists that the government made the decision in the interest of the people, especially to ease sufferings of schoolgoing children.

DST was introduced last year to save electricity.

According to the power ministry, about 200MW of electricity was saved through introduction of the system by setting the clock forward by an hour on June 19.

Early this year the government decided to continue with the system by setting the clock one hour ahead on March 31 and back again on October 31.

Awami League leaders and people of different social strata drew the government’s attention about the difficulties and problems caused by the system.

The premier expressed sympathy for the people suffering from frequent load shedding. She urged people to give more efforts to save power as the current power crisis cannot be solved in a short time.

The meeting stressed the need for using solar energy to ease the existing power crisis. Some ministers suggested the premier that the solar energy scheme should be subsidised.

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