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Samangan power bill defaults exceed 24m afghanis

Samangan power bill defaults exceed 24m afghanis

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Nov 10, 2018 - 17:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Sherkat (DABS) officials in northern Samangan province say a number of government departments and telecom companies default on power bills amounting to more than 24 million afghanis.

Ghufran Rasikh, deputy DABS head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the defaulters included 33 government departments and four telecom companies.

He said the Samangan prison department owed nearly 7.5 million afghanis, the provincial civil hospital 3.2 million afghanis, the municipality more than one million afghanis, the governor’s house 1.4 million afghanis, the educationinfo-icon department 700,000 afghanis and the agricultureinfo-icon department 600,000 afghanis in unpaid bills to the power utility.

In addition, Afghan Telecom company owes 1.2 million afghanis, Etisalat one million afghanis and MTN 900,000 afghanis in electricity bills, he added.

Rasikh said a number of other government departments in Samangan also defaulted on power bills amounting to around 500,000 afghanis each.

The DABS has several times sent written requests to the mentioned offices to pay their bills but none so far cleared their arrears, he said, adding awaiting bills to be paid had faced the power utility with trouble in supplying electricity to consumers.

Basharullah Faizi, financial and administrative in-charge in the municipality of Aibak, capital of Samangan, agreed their office owed 2.3 million afghanis and said had not paid bills since 2014.

However, he said the municipality had allocated two million afghanis for payment of the electricity bills this fiscal year.

Faizi said the municipality this year paid its electricity bills worth 500,000 afghanis and would pay the remaining bills until December.

Meanwhile, Qari Massoud, financial and administrative in charge of Samangan Civil Hospital, said they would also clear their dues this year.

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