The head of the Association for the Defense of Users and Consumers (Deuco), Peter Busettiadded this Monday new criticism of rate segmentation promoted by the national government. He assured that it is “an extraordinary reduction of income of the working sectors” in a context of worrying inflationary escalation and speculation regarding prices.

For Busetti, the increase in rates is “to meet the goals of the International Monetary Fund (FM); to give support to soybean producers who do not liquidate their exports, who must be given a differential dollar; and to the gas and electricity generating companieswhich have been receiving subsidies much higher than those received by users”.

In addition, it added an aggravating circumstance. To your understanding, there was a change of course with respect to what the Government promised in the May public hearings regarding tariff segmentation and what finally happened. For Busetti, although the first commitment points to a rise in rates for “970 thousand gas users who were going to lose the subsidy and 630 thousand electricity users”, the final number will be around 6.5 million users.

“The rules of the game were changed from what was raised in the public hearings in May. Now there is talk of 30 percent, that 9 million users who presented the affidavit, with which 6 and a half million users did not do so and would be included in the removal of subsidies. It removes subsidies that in the area of edenor Y Edesur reaches up to a increase of the 265 percent fees”, he explained.

And he added: “Then, another measure was announced, which was not among the items of the public hearing, which is the removal from a consumption greater than 400 Kwh. This will cause increases for users who did submit the affidavit. A proposal was also made for natural gas, which has not yet been developed, and for water rates. If this removes subsidies, which in principle was for 10 percent, now it is for 50 percent of users”.

Finally, he frames this criticism in a context of enormous concern about food prices: “There was no announced measure to contain inflation. The Central Bank in its report gives an index of 7.5 percent for July. And prices skyrocket. The Care Prices program is not fulfilled in any chain integrated to the program. Local businesses pay premium prices. The situation of Argentine households is very complicated.

Source: Pagina12

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