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Govt institutions, influential people default on electricity bills

By Akhtar M. Nikzad: KABUL: Acting Chief of the Herat Electricity Department said on Wednesday that electricity supply has been disconnected to government institutes and some influential figures who failed to pay their electricity bills.

Wahidullah Kamrani said that powerful figures and some government organizations have not paid their electricity bills for the last 10 years and owe around Afs850 millions.

He said that Afs162 millions was payable by the government institutes of which they paid only 10 percent after too much pressure.

Kamrani added that unwillingness of the state organizations and influential persons to pay dues had put the electricity department in deep trouble and hampered supply of electricity to public.

He said that no one would be allowed to usurp the rights of the common consumers. “Iran and Turkmenistan want to receive payments for the power they are providing. We have taken measure to recover money from the defaulters,” he said.

According to him, Customs and Revenue Department, Agriculture and Irrigation Department, Culture and Information Department and Red Crescent are among the key defaulters. These organizations paid 10 percent in electricity bills after power was disconnected. However, 13 other organizations only paid one percent of the dues.

He warned the defaulters to pay their dues otherwise electricity supply to them would be disconnected.

Kamrani said the Herat electricity department was unable to recover the dues from powerful people. The only measure that he pointed that his department would take is to make names of the defaulters public and later introduce them to the relevant judicial body.

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