At the Khalk Maslakhaty session held on 25 September the President of Turkmenistan called for reviewing fees for public utilities.
The state information agency TDH reports that Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov stated that in the challenging transition period free quotas for gas, electricity, water and salt had been introduced and minimum fees for public utilities and other benefits had been established.
� Yet, the times are changing. We are living under new economic conditions. The present time requirements of efficient use of natural resources and adaptation of the society, the state and every citizen to market relations calls for the need to be guided by thoughtful decisions. At present, when the residents' income have considerably increased and wide opportunities to earn a living have been created for each household. At the same time, Turkmenistan's natural resources should be used for the benefit of not only the present-day but future generations. In this connection, it makes sense to streamline the justified system of payment for natural resources, which are provided free of charge � gas, electricity, drinking water as well as accommodation and public utilities.
Let us recall that the President used the same rhetoric when the proposal to abolish free public utilities had been articulated at the session of the Elders' Council in autumn of 2017. To justify the abolishment Berdymukhammedov said that the benefits had been introduced when the country experienced a challenging economic situation. In the meantime, when the income of residents is increasing each year, it is possible to introduce fees for social benefits which used to be provided free of charge.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan