Subsidized tariff for electricity consumers has led to a positive impact on household income and expenditure, small-scale business and agriculture, a recent study has revealed.
Besides, it helped promote education, women empowerment, safety and communication as well as environmental and health issues said the study conducted by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), a leading think tank.
The study suggested that the electricity bill payment system should be easier and more transparent for the consumers so that the people can pay their bills without any hassle.
The objective of the study was to assess the extent to which the lower tariff rate determined by Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) affects electricity consumers of as well to assess the socio-economic impacts of expansion of rural electrification.
The number of electricity consumers is increasing day by day as the BERC has been determining lower tariff rate for the "lifeline" consumers since March 2014.
More people are coming under the umbrella of rural electrification and enjoying its numerous benefits, according to the study.
The study found that the use of kerosene dropped by about 2.11 liters a month when a household moved away from kerosene lamps to energy bulb/electric bulb after getting electricity connections.