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PSC raises concerns over GPL’s penalty plan


Georgetown : The Private Sector Commission today lashed out at the Guyana Power and Light company (GPL) with the recently announced plan by the Power Company to enforce the provisions in its amended licence and require a deposit of a sum amounting to six months’ or more of the average bill of consumers as a penalty for various infractions, including disconnection.


The Commission calls upon the Company to rethink the implementation of this plan as a condition for reconnections.  If our people have difficulty in paying their monthly electricity bills, how will they be able to pay a deposit of six months for the reconnection of the service.

“ We have to distinguish between hardship and tampering or fraud.  We must have a social conscience and not impose a greater hardship” the PSC statement says.