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Electricity subsidy is ‘a trap’ MP warns

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AMMAN — Head of the Parliamentary Energy Committee MP Firas Al-Ajarmeh said that the new electricity tariff presented by the government will contribute to “increasing distortions” rather than eliminate them.اضافة اعلان

He told JO24 on Saturday that the domestic sector will be most affected by the new tariffs, set to become effective in April, and urged those whose consumption exceeds 600 kilowatt-hours not to register on the subsidy platform.

He said that citizens who own two homes, or who own more than one electricity meter, will not benefit from subsidies.

Ajarmeh said that that subsidies are a “trap”, noting that the reduction in the electricity rates will only be effective for unsubsidized subscriptions and will not benefit those who are subsidized. He urged the government to reverse its decision.

He said that electricity distribution and electricity generation companies do not run at a loss, while the debts of the electricity company constitute a quarter of the Kingdom’s debt.

He urged public-private partnership to provide incentives for the industrial sector to help reduce unemployment among Jordanians.

He said 90 percent of Jordanians will not be affected in any way by the new tariff, adding that the new rates will save the government JD50 million, which must be channeled to citizens, adding that “the government must steer away from the domestic sector.”

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