State Duma is to reduce moratorium on payment fines on housing and utilities

At a meeting of the Energy Committee, the State Duma deputy announced that lawmakers were supporting the reduction of the moratorium on paying fines and stopping utility bills to non-payers, TASS reported. The reason for such measures is the emerging conflict between production, network and resource-supplying companies – and consumers.

Postal notification about the utility debt
Postal notification about the utility debt

“According to the deputy, the terms of the decision can be reduced to the 1st day of the month following the month when the non-working days set by the regulatory legal act of the President of the Russian Federation expire,” TASS quoted a representative from the State Duma.

The President announced that since May 12 the non-working day period has finished for all industries. Accordingly, the moratorium on utility fines may end as early as June 1.

According to the explanations of the Ministry of Construction, this moratorium applies only to consumers who cannot pay for utility bills remotely. To do this, they must enter into an installment contract with a utility provider. The grace period has so far been determined until January 1 of the next year.

“The Council of Energy Producers (EIT) believes that a decrease in collection in the housing and communal services will not only increase debt in the housing sector, but also negatively affect the economy of the country as a whole, related industries will suffer, and there will be a threat of lower tax revenues”.

In the course of bourgeois “reforms”, those who have broken (and continue to break) once the unified energy system, those owners of many “generating”, “network” and “resource-supplying” companies are ready to struggle for the decreasing profit. After all, they are such “effective managers” that they cannot survive even a temporary decrease in collection of payments.

And here legislators come to their aid. “Concerned” with the “brewing conflict”, they are ready, under stereotypical conversations about supporting the economy, to abolish even the most meager benefits for the constantly impoverished people, whose “servants” they call themselves. Indeed, ordinary people do not have such trouble paying the bills as, for example, the Russian Orthodox Church.

It does not matter at all which party the deputy was from who voiced the readiness of the “people’s representatives” to once again solve business problems at the expense of ordinary citizens. The entire state machine defends the interests of the ruling class of the big bourgeoisie today. Only by taking power from the capitalists will the working people be able to get a chance to really change their lives for the better.

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