Finance minister: Rates of Electricity surely Up

Finance Minister Agustin Martowardojo insist want the basic electricity tariff in 2011. The government even prepared to convince the entire House of Representatives committee associated with the policy.

The government worried that raising the electricity tariff plans not approved by Parliament, will have an impact on the increased risk of the government budget. "If it was not raised in subsidies will certainly rise," said Finance Minister Agustin Martowardojo over in Jakarta, Tuesday, September 28, 2010.

According to Agus, in addition to subsidies that increase the risk of problems, cancellations rise in electricity tariffs also feared would threaten the government's budget fiscal risks. Though the proposed increase in TDL proposed by the government done for the purpose of managing the government budget for health.

"A healthy budget deficit was not only big, but also positive loan decreases its effectiveness so that the people grew affluent and prosperous," said Agus.

Nevertheless, the government also believes the increase in TDL can be retained with the requirements of all situations and conditions are met. Requirements that include availability of the source gas to PT PLN (Persero), improvement and efficiency in the working system PLN sehigga can reduce loses to save on subsidies. In addition, the government also must begin to develop renewable energy.

Agus added cancellation TDL increase by 15 percent would also tend to make good the government should tighten the budget of the Ministry / Institution or the central government. "Possibly, the government could reduce its budget in KL, tutama in the regular budget posts."

Explanation of the Minister of Finance is different from the statement of the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs who said the government did not raise the basic electricity tariff next year. "The increase in electricity tariffs so that the last option of choice," said Hatta in Jakarta Convention Center, Friday, September 24, 2010.

The deal had been decided between the government and the House of Representatives Commission VII Yesterday, Thursday, September 23, 2010. The deal was reached after the Commission VII of DPR RI and Mineral Resources Ministry approved the postponement of debt payments in 2009 electricity subsidy in PLN. Indonesia Today

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