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Lukashenko: Utility rates should be transparent, objective and real

MINSK (BelTA) – It is essential to work out transparent, objective and real utility rates, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session held on 14 March to discuss utility rates for the population, BelTA has learned.

“Today's session should be the last one on the way to working out clear-cut, normal, transparent and fair utility rates,” the head of state said.

The President reminded that he had given an instruction to objectively and reasonably recalculate utility rates if necessary. “The main objective for us was not to reduce utility rates after some miscalculations as they are now saying in the mass media. Yes, we will reduce them where necessary, and we have reduced them. But it is not the main thing. The main tasks are to work out objective rates which will be clear for the population and to approve them at the President's level,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.

“Then a person will see the cost of one cubic meter of water and will know how many cubic meters of water he used, he will multiply these figures and see the result,” the President noted.

“Therefore, it is needed to mention the cost of the service. If people want to know the exact volume of water, gas and heat they consume, they should install meters. If there are no meters, there should be different methods. But there should be real prices for these services, real rates,” the head of state believes.

“Responsible people and the State Control Committee should have calculated these utility rates by now. I want to be informed about these rates today, then I want this information to be made available for the population. We are doing all this to inform people about the exact price for each service,” Alexander Lukashenko said.