The debt of the population for utilities is already in exceed of 30 billion UAH, and in addition, the state does not pay the money for subsidies to enterprises of the fuel and energy complex timely and in full. As a result, the arrears of salaries in the industry are increasing, and there are no funds for repairs and development. The Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction in the parliament Oleksandr Vilkul stated this during his speech in the Verkhovna Rada.
"Debts of the population and nonpayment to enterprises on subsidies from the state budget – a real threat to the work of energy and municipal services. Of the 69 billion UAH of subsidy payments, almost half went to repayment of state debts for previous periods. And where to take money to pay salaries, repair networks and development?" the oppositionist said.
He noted that the constantly increasing debts on wages lead to the mass dismissal of qualified power engineers who leave to work abroad. "For example, in Cherkassy in November because of salary debts ALL repair brigades of high-voltage networks wrote applications for dismissal. This means an emergency situation in the region. Energy workers are being dismissed all over the country," the parliamentarian stressed.
"To prevent collapse, it is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of payments from the state budget, as well as to stop reducing subsidies to people and reduce tariffs by half. We submitted relevant draft laws and demand them to be adopted. After winning the election we will do it", Oleksandr Vilkul stressed.