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Utility payments to grow sharply in South Ossetia since January 12010-12-24 13:21
South-Ossetian government has announced a thirty-percent increase of electric power rate since 1 January 2011, Echo of Caucasus reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Since January 2011, the cost of electric power will grow by 30 percent, from 80 copecks per one kilowatt to 1,14 for individuals and 1,40 for enterprises. In the coming three years, the prices will gradually be raised to the level of Russian rates.
Until today, electric power and natural gas have been three times cheaper for the people than in the south of Russia. The difference in price was covered from the republic's state budget. The social package was approved in Russia after August 2008. According to Press Secretary of the president and government of South Ossetia Vyacheslav Sedov, it's time to gradually reduce budget subsidies:
"The point at issue is the expenditure optimization; the gradual rate increase will lead to a situation when the consumer will pay the amount he spends monthly. Well, one should be thriftier, more careful in one's needs. This stage is characterized by severe economy".
As was stated at today's government meeting, the gas and water rates won't be increased next year.