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Sri Lanka offers electricity on installment payments for poor households

ECONOMYNEXT – The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has introduced guidelines for poor households to get electricity connections on an installment scheme with maximum deductions of not more than Rs1,500.

It said in a statement that the scheme was meant for those who cannot afford to pay at once the cost of getting connections from the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited (LECO), the two distributors.

The distribution licensees,  CEB or LECO, can offer similar payment schemes to others like pensioners, disabled soldiers and those over the age of 55 years in a fair and transparent manner, it said.

The PUCSL, the electricity sector regulator, said those eligible can get new connections on a monthly instalment basis, which should not be more than five percent of declared household income and recoverable in not less than 24 months.

“Sri Lanka has named 2017 as the year for eradicating poverty in the country. These guidelines will ensure that any person is able to afford an electricity connection,” Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said.
(COLOMBO, Jan 18, 2016)

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