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DABS collects 250m afs from defaulters

DABS collects 250m afs from defaulters

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May 25, 2015 - 21:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The power utility said on Monday it had collected more than 250 million afghanis from defaulters in less than two weeks.

Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Shirkat (DABS) spokesman Wahidullah Tawhidi told Pajhwok Afghan News the bulk of recovery 140 million afghanis was made from the Higher Educationinfo-icon Ministry.

Without going into details, he said besides the education and public healthinfo-icon ministries, a number of individuals had paid their outstanding amounts.

The power utility had previous set all defaulters a 10-day deadline to pay unpaid electricity bills, otherwise their names would be exposed through the media.

Besides government and non-governmental organizations, some individuals, including high-ranking government officials, owe about 500 million afghanis in unpaid bills to the power utility.

Tawhidi said: “Fortunately a number of ministries and Kabul residents have cleared their dues and the process is ongoing.”

He said the new officials and ministers should cooperate with DABS in recovery of outstanding amounts from defaulters.

Tawhidi once again insisted if the defaulters did not clear their outstanding bills until the end of this week, DABS officials would visit homes of these people along with journalists next week.

He said a number of senior DABS officials had gone abroad and practical action would be initiated against defaulters after their return.

The Attorney General’s Office had also pledged cooperation with DABS and had warned defaulters of fines and legal action.

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