DABS fails to recover 660m afs in unpaid bills
KABUL (Pajhwok): The power utility on Tuesday said its latest efforts at recovering 660 million afghanis in unpaid bills had failed to yield result.
Da Afghanistan Barishna Sherkat (DABS) spokesman Wahidullah Tawhidi told Pajhwok Afghan News a number of departments and individuals, including government officials, owed 660 million afs in arrears to the power utility.
He said the defaulters included ministries, government offices and a number of non-governmental organisations and some people in Kabul and they had failed to clear their outstanding bills despite warnings.
About 20 days ago, DABS chief Mirwais Alami issued a list of ministries defaulting on power bills and urged the government to resolve the issue. He had warned of legal action against defaulters including high-ranking government officials and set them a 10-day deadline.
But now the DABS spokesman said despite the passage of more than two weeks only 250 million afghanis had been recovered so far. He said the bulk of payment came from the Ministry of Higher Education.
Tawhidi said government departments owed nearly 660 million afs and some government officials and private individuals owed 60 million afs to DABS.
He said the Office of Administrative Affairs had urged DABS to avoid sending representatives to the houses of high-ranking government officials. Instead, the Office of Administrative Affairs would put pressure on government departments to pay the bills in light of the list the office had been delivered, he said.
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