Dhi Qar province, join electricity privatization opponents

03/14/2017 (0:01 pm) - The number of readings: 373 - Issue (3876)

Electricity still pose a dilemma for the Iraqis, it was wasted because of the State Treasury, tens of billions of dollars, and still cast a shadow on the daily life of citizens, and is reflected in the continuing protests a week in the capital, and a number of other provinces.

Compounding the problem is compounded in the eyes of some, the Central Government's announcement on 26 February last, agreeing to a project to privatize the electricity sector in a number of provinces, who faces rejection in most provinces for fear high wages required for this public service.

DHI South experiencing problems on electricity, most notably prescription networks and energy transport lines, accusing the members of MEW Board, intent on cutting the power to the citizens, to impose the privatization project, as complaining that the permanent problem lies in overlap with the Centre.

And between this and that, conservative activists, believes that the privatization of electricity project targeting poor, as subject by the Federal Government to a policy the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, but they accuse the local Government of colluding with the Centre to pass this project.

But the local Government of Qar, trying hard to push the accusation, stressing its oil and Energy Committee member in the provincial Council Yahya almsharvaoi in an interview for (how), their rejection of the privatization project, says: we as local and Government sectors and popular currents in Dhi Qar, categorically reject privatization and increase prices, being affected poor and low income people.

He adds: there are so many sons of the province, are unable to pay the electricity bill even at the lowest prices, how to spot if their wages doubled after privatization?, says: the power to direct contact with the citizens ' lives and daily requirements and transform them to invest means increased wages.

So he sees economic conservative Council Committee member Rashid, Serail wishing to draft privatization of electricity, are trying to promote the project in areas north of Nasiriyah, but citizens meet with rejection and disapproval, so they resorted to tear up some signs that have been suspended as the privatization project announcement.

In an interview with Serail goes on to (how): the problem is that we still live in the event of a conflict about powers between the Federal Government and local governments, ministries, ignoring the recent local government in much of the Alia, the following: Although the electricity sector of competences shared between the parties in accordance with the Constitution and not entitled to the exclusive party decision to organize and distribute electrical power to citizens, with the right to veto the resolution, but ignore this and supported the decision of the Ministry of privatization even from within the province.

And with popular and governmental rejection of draft privatization of electricity in most of the provinces like Muthanna, Wasit, Diwaniyah, Najaf, Dhi Qar activists threatens, go to court if the Government does not modify its decision that says civil rights activist Khalid Hashim zaidi in conversation (how), and wondering about the position of the legislative and Executive Governments in Dhi Qar, of draft privatization of the electricity sector, which means imposing new pricing through investors in this field adopted by the Federal Government, represented by the Ministry of electricity, by signing a contract with investment companies Especially.

We had several seminars zaidi adds: in this regard, and everybody was refusing fully to privatize electricity project, as was the need for continued pressure on the local and federal Governments to being about signing the contract, afterthought: If you do not respond to our demands, we will raise a lawsuit with the Attorney General, as the first sponsor for public money and citizens ' rights, to see how being considered by the Federal Court, the fact that the local government got against citizen.

Civil activist Karim Saidi also believes the Federal Government's insistence on implementing a project to privatize the electricity sector subject to the policy of the IMF and World Bank, saying in an interview for (over) that, since 2003, and so far, we haven't heard only remarks about privatization and investment without any development in production particularly in the electricity sector, especially as the stated positions of the majority of the members of the local Government's Executive and legislative branches, asserted against privatisation, but we don't know who is the beneficiary actors from privatization to be imposed by this Figure on the sons of the County, adding, so we are against the privatization of the electricity sector and raise their prices being detrimental to the interests of citizens in Nasiriyah, which embraces more than 35% of those below the poverty line.

Timeless agrees THAMER Nazarene, another activist, with a colleague, that aggrieved bulk of privatization of electricity, they are poor that make up most of the inhabitants of the province who suffer from unemployment and destitution, deprivation and lack of basic services, pointing out that, based on the privatization project did not take into account the deteriorating economic situation faced by the people of the province, but attempts to deport MEW crisis circumvent corruption cases facing.

MEW calls Nassiri, to increase energy production and working to equip citizens with electricity around the clock. Before thinking about privatizing electricity and imposing unfair pricing under frequent electricity outages, especially since the Ministry pledged earlier, electricity when applying the privatization decision, which means that electrical energy available and prevents them from citizens to impose privatization, assuring that lites weighed citizens and exacerbated their suffering over the past years, and that MEW is called upon today to build real projects to raise production of electrical energy ".

DHI Council was announced on 19 January last, rejected "the cutter" for the privatization of the electricity sector in areas of the County, in the regions of the province, as demanded by the Central Government and the Ministry of electricity, no download citizens "consequences of failure".

The electricity Ministry signed two contracts with the company "GE" early this year for the construction of Nasiriyah and Samawa to add 2250 MW of production capacity. As of 11 January with Japan to develop Al Hartha station in Basra. On 6 March, signed a contract to build power plants.

MEW citizens currently sells kilowatt hours of electricity at a price 10 dinars when consuming a kW and consumption rises to 1500 kW the price becomes 20, and then rises to 40 dinars when consumption to two thousand units.