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Prime Minister Mykola Azarov instructed to deal with the issue of unjustified increase in utility tariffs in the regions, down to dismissal of officials.
"Some officials in the region used summer lull to try to raise utility rates. Such attempts took place in several cities and towns of the seven regions," PM said indignantly during the Cabinet’s meeting, ForUm correspondent reports.
He instructed vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul and regional development minister Hennady Temnyk to immediately analyze every fact of attempt of unjustified increase in tariffs. "Use all the legal options to stop such attempts, including dismissals," the Prime Minister instructed.
Azarov also focused attention of Vilkul on the fact that the main component of tariffs for gas and electricity, the amount of salary is in the department of state regulation. Accordingly, it is possible to ensure that people understand the mechanism of tariff setting.
In addition, Prime Minister instructed the Economy Ministry, the Regional Development Ministry and the relevant commission to analyze the cost of tariffs specific to the region, create a basic utility costs grid in the country.
In his view, it is important to do so because the country prepares for the heating season. "People need to be sure that there are no grounds for raising tariffs. Therefore, there will be increase neither the current nor the next year," Azarov concluded.