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PLN cuts subsidies for 19 million households

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 20, 2017   /   05:16 pm
PLN cuts subsidies for 19 million households A man checks a power meter at a low-cost apartment building in Bendungan Hilir, Central Jakarta. (Antara/Yudhi Mahatma)

Nineteen million households will no longer receive an electricity subsidy as state-owned power company PLN has complied with the government’s commitment to only provide an electricity subsidy to poor people.

PLN president director Sofyan Basyir told Tribunnews.com that the cut was made after the company made a thorough inspection of its customers.

“We went to [different] locations to match the data and we found that about 19 million users do not deserve the subsidies,” Sofyan said after a meeting at the House of Representatives on Monday.

Meanwhile, House member Parlindungan Purba said the country needed to tap into alternative energy sources in order to provide electricity for more people.

“PLN needs to use alternative energy like palm oil and gas to minimize production costs,” said Purba who is also the chairman of House Commission II which oversees home affairs. (ecn/ika)