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Sewage system to refill Georgian budget2010-10-28 17:53
Saakashvili introduces new economic sanctions on citizens of his state. This time Mishiko decided to use community facilities as a squeezer of people's last savings. Yesterday Georgia's National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission reported on a new mechanism of community charges collection from citizens.
From now on citizens of the country that fail to pay their water and garbage bills on time will have gas and electricity supply turned off. New financial repressions against non-payers were launched after promulgation of the Georgian president's decree on introduction of amendments to Law 49 "On Electricity and Natural Gas". Essentially, amendments stipulating "integrated and coordinated administration of electric power, gas, water and cleaning services" envisage creation of a united coordinated system to control levy on all kinds of utility services.
The Administration Service to be soon established by the energy commission, as Business Georgia reports, will be tasked to control execution of legislative novelties. The new control authority shall also provide for halt on services for utility consumers if at least one payment indicated in a bill is not paid off in full or at all. "If a citizen has a water or garbage disposal debt, electricity and gas will be cut off, even if these bills are paid", - a representative of the energy commission is quoted on the site.
The next thing the community service payment reform is focused on is creation of a unique data bank on all consumers of electric power, gas, water supply and garbage services by 2011. This is a commitment to be complied with by housing and public utilities offices.
Indeed, Tbilisi officials have a peculiar way of thinking. A man is unable to pay for garbage disposal, so let him freeze all over, particularly now - with winter on the threshold. It does not matter that this consumer scraped up his last money to pay for gas. Remember the lady superintendant in Gaiday's Diamond Arm telling: if they don't buy we'll cut off gas.
Certainly, there are no doubts that collection of utility payments must be unique. Besides, the need to fill up the empty treasury is evident. Still, it does not mean that all tax payers must be subject to similar sanctions for delayed payment. Not providing services that have been paid for looks like the state's open brigandage. But hear what it sounds like: "integrated and coordinated administration of electric power, gas, water supply and garbage services", - almost a poem. Still, in practice the "masterpiece" by Tbilisi bureaucrats looks more like the theater of absurd.