Carballaion refuse to privatize electricity .. Experts confirm: the project will further complicate the problem

2017/04/10 (00:01 PM) - Number of readings: 54 - Number (3898)


The local government confirmed that it is studying the project, which showed that it serves the citizen and will not raise the wages of energy as some believe, according to experts in the economic affairs privatization. In its current form, as illogical, negative and complex to the problem of electricity.

The citizen Karbalai, Abdel-Amir Kanani, said in an interview with (Al-Mada), that the project of privatization of electricity, which the government intends to implement is a project in a timely manner, and will harm the citizen significantly, and we reject it categorically, indicating that no country resort to the privatization of service sectors , Unless it succeeded in raising the level of per capita income to reach the ability to pay services, including electricity.

Kanani also says that the poverty rates in Iraq are still increasing, and average per capita income is very low, because the owners of the high classes of politicians and officials, are not affected by any rise in wages Services, and that the burden falls only on the simple citizen, the sender: that The trend towards the privatization of the electricity sector is a flight from the failure to improve the reality of electricity in the country and to cover the files of financial and administrative corruption and huge funds spent in this sector over the past years.

The Karbala Governorate Council has earlier indicated that it has been entrusted by the Iranian insurance company ATI to privatize the electricity distribution sector in the province.

The head of the energy and fuel committee in the Karbala provincial council, Reza Al-Silawi said, in an interview with (the extent), that our committee is the first to adopt the project of privatization of the electricity sector in the province, and we preceded the Ministry of Electricity in preparation for it, being the best solution to the problem of electricity in the country, The project serves the citizen very much, and what has recently been raised about high wages in the privatization of electricity is a lie and a lie, because wages will remain the same and there is no rise in them.

He added that the privatization project will improve the power distribution networks and the addition of other networks, and give the smart meter and install the control system free of charge to the citizen, and provides electricity around the clock and without interruption, and those affected by this project are the transgressors on power networks and plant owners who take electricity Illegally and hotels that consume a tremendous amount of energy.

Al-Silawi explained by saying that the provincial council has taken a decision to wait for the implementation of the electricity privatization project until Karbala Electricity Distribution Department answers the question raised by some members of the council and studying the matter well. He stressed that to date there is no study on launching the electricity privatization project , And talk about it was aimed at killing time and personal interests, and there may be political pressure in some aspects of this project.

The deputy governor of Karbala, Jassim al-Fatlawi, confirms in an interview with (Al-Mada) that the project of privatization of electricity is still under study by the local government. There is concern as a new experiment being presented for the first time.
It must be studied well before applying it. The privatization will be in the collection of electricity wages only after the installation of smart meters, and the project is not without the pros and cons, but it would be good if applied with the force of law. The talk of Fatlawi, who said that the wages of electricity that will be imposed will negatively affect the citizen and must be reduced, and may not be equipped with electricity around the clock as is now talking, stressing: the need to not exceed the wages of electricity to the middle class citizen sixty thousand Dinars, and electricity is given to operate the necessary household appliances, in addition to taking into account the poor citizen, who faces difficulties in providing his livelihood.

The economic expert at the University of Karbala, student Kariti indicates, in an interview for (range), that the process of entering the private sector complicates the problem of electricity more, and that privatization in its current form, is an illogical or rational process, as he put it, purely economic and negative in all aspects , Indicating that the process of privatization of electricity to be applied, is in the areas of collection of wages and distribution only, and this process is a legal procedural organization and be stronger if the agency carried out by the government and not the private sector.

He added that the appropriate ground for the privatization of electricity is not available at the moment, if the goal is to reduce public expenditure and raise the efficiency of service performance, because all the electricity departments have sufficient human resources to collect electricity wages and there is no shortage in this aspect, wondering: The fate of these authorities in the event that the collection process is turned over to the private sector. In their absence, there is no reduction in public expenditures, but rather a new private sector is added to them.

He explained that the problem of the electricity file has nothing to do with the efficiency of the collection and its employees. It is related to the weakness of the government's obligation to regulate the distribution of electricity and the collection of electricity. This problem must be solved first, especially since the electricity fees declared by the ministry in case of privatization, Considering the average citizen's need for energy, and using the numbers in it is a funny process, so it is unreasonable to calculate 10 Amparat of electricity as an average consumption of one house, and must not be less than 60 ampere, and the subsidized price and then impose wages upward.

The economic expert in the country, that the transition to privatization of the electricity sector in its current form, is not free of poor planning and assessment or it is a process to employ channels of financial and administrative corruption, pointing out: that the privatization of electricity will negatively affect the movement of the market and trade, because of a decline in financial income of citizens because of the crisis of the country And thus weaken purchasing power and increase the unemployment rate, which is a greater complication of the problem.

While most of the Iraqi provinces reject the electricity privatization project announced by the Ministry of Electricity on 25 January 2016, government parties believe that the privatization of the electricity distribution sector will achieve control of the load management in an integrated manner and regulates consumption after eliminating excesses and manipulation through the erection of smart meters Using modern technology for all subscribers.