Turkmenistan strengthens oversight of free utility consumption

By Dzhumaguly Annayev

2013-10-10

ASHGABAT – Turkmen Supreme Oversight Chamber Chairman Batyr Atdayev, under orders from President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, has started to monitor public consumption of free utilities, including electricity, natural gas and water, Turkmen media reported October 6.

A lack of a method for gauging rural use of utilities provided by the state at no charge to consumers and a desire to conserve natural resources are the main reasons behind this, state-owned Altyn Asyr TV said October 7. Free but limited allotments to the general public of such utilities began in 1993 and will continue till 2030, Turkmen media reported.

In September, Turkmenistan announced reductions in the monthly amounts of free natural gas and electricity allotted to each Turkmen.

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