Proposal to charge electricity regulatory fee rejected

The National Assembly Committee for Science, Technology and Environment, on Tuesday rejected the Government’s proposal at the 10th session of the NA Standing Committee, to charge an electricity regulatory fee, saying it was under State management and hence must be ensured by the State.

Workers maintain electricity cables in Can Gio District in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

The NA Standing Committee session discussed three draft projects to amend the law for mitigation of natural disasters, cooperative law and electricity law.

Phan Xuan Dung, chairman of the Permanent Committee for Science, Technology and Environment, said that electricity regulatory fees should not be charged, as it is under the State management and should be paid by the State Budget.

Phung Quoc Hien, chairman of the NA Committee for Finance and Budget, said that the electricity regulatory fee will place more financial burden on consumers, and questioned where the fee money would be utilised.

Nguyen Sinh Hung, NA chairman, also disagreed with the proposal to collect electricity regulatory fee, saying it should not be put forward at this time as the power industry was not fully competitive in Vietnam.

By Anh Thu – Translated by Hai Mien

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