Government to Reduce Budgetary Subsidies of Utility Services, Rumas

02.03.2011 11:11
Архив Редакция

Belarusian authorities will reduce the budget subsidy of housing and communal services, said Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas. Reducing subsidies for utility services will be held in parallel with the growth of wages of the population, said Vice-Premier. 

«The new five-year program of government along with population’s wage increases aims to make the people pay about 60% of the utilities’ cost. We should reach the full payment of services for the passenger transport by 2013,» BelTA quotes Sergey Rumas.

Belarusian citizens are currently paying about 30% of the utility services’ cost, while citizens with low and high income pay utility bills on the same principle. Vice Prime Minister believes this approach is «not entirely correct as the state provides 70% of subsidies for those with salaries above average.»

«Therefore, the state will follow two ways: on one hand , it’ll raise wages, especially for the poor, on the other, — raise the level of cost recovery in housing and communal services,» said Sergei Rumas.

As Telegraf previously reported, according to the government plans, citizens of Belarus will pay about 24.7% of housing and communal services in 2011.