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DABS says big defaulters being put on ECL

DABS says big defaulters being put on ECL

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Jun 24, 2018 - 20:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Shirkat (DABS) would refer individuals owing above five million afghanis in unpaid bills to the power utility to the Serious Crime Department for putting them on the Exit Control List (ECL), an official said Sunday.

In addition, the DABS has launched disconnecting electricity supply to consumers defaulting on power bills in five provinces.

DABS spokesman Wahidullah Tawhidi told Pajhwok Afghan News in Kabul alone government institutions, organizations and powerful individuals owed 9.5 million in electricity arrears to DABS.

He said the process to collect electricity dues in provinces was underway and within two weeks, a complete list of all defaulters would be published.

He said the Ministry of Finance had assured to pay 50 percent arrears of government institutions till the second quarter of the ongoing fiscal year and the rest of the dues would be paid till the end of the fiscal year.

He, however, said in the year to come electricity arrears of every government institute would be deducted from budget of the particular institution and would be handed over to DABS.

Around one billion afghanis could have been collected in power tariff homes demolished under the city development or any other reasons.

Powerful individuals owed around four billion afghanis to DABS and disconnection of electricity supply to these individuals in Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, Bamyan and Daikundi provinces has begun.

Tawhidi said the list of defaulting individuals would be provided to the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) so individuals who had registered as candidates and defaulted on power bills would not be allowed to contest election.

Eng. Mohammad Nasir Ahmadi, DABS head for Parwan, said the process of disconnecting electricity to defaulters had begun.

He said people in Parwan owed over 45 million afghanis, in Kapisa 23 million afs, in Bamyan 2.5 afs million and in Daikundi around one million afs in unpaid bills.

He added over 60 percent of individuals not paying their electricity bills included powerful individuals.

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