YEREVAN, January 17. / ARKA /. Head of an Armenian consumer watchdog suggested today that well-off Armenian families pay higher prices of water, natural gas and electricity arguing that this would help insolvent citizens.
Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission allowed last July 7 to raise the price of one cubic meters of natural gas to 156 drams from the previous 132 drams. Electricity price also rose from 30 drams per one Kw/h to 38 drams.
Speaking at a news conference, Armen Poghosyan, head of f the Consumers' Association of Armenia, said people owing large private houses, must pay higher prices of gas, water and electricity so that consumers using smaller amounts of gas and electricity pay less. According to him, this diversification is the most effective way of helping vulnerable families.
However, the proposal was declined by economist Vilen Khachatryan who described it as ‘complicated and absurd’ that would lead to additional unnecessary expenses.
According to him, the more effective way is to provide additional financial means to unsecured citizens as subsidies from the «luxury tax " paid by rich citizens. -0-