warned about consumer entities Defects in announcements of removal of subsidies in light, gas and water, He argues that the partition was announced not discussed in public hearing and that The income criterion adopted by the form is limited as it does not take into account the spending status of the households, They assure that the complete removal of subsidies for businesses and associations is a novelty and estimate that Consumption limit for each category of natural gas Can generate reverse incentives.
Claudio Boda from the Union of Users and Consumers recalls that “in A public hearing held in mid-May discussed the removal of total subsidies for those earning more than 350,000 pesos. He said that 10 percent of the population would be affected by this. Now it is not personal income but family income, i.e. it directly affects the central sectors. Both that change and the new limit were not analyzed in the public hearing. There was no discussion on water sharing,
“Neither gas nor electricity nor water are authorized for the new increase because there was no public hearing. Wholesale prices, although they are free prices, when transferred to bills modify the relation of consumption to public service. and therefore must be assessed at a public hearing. There are many jurisprudence decisions in this regard,” said Osvaldo Bassano from Eduk.
“With the division form we went to 350 thousand pesos per family group, not per capita, with which about 30 percent of the population would enter. The big problem here is that income is analyzed but not expenses.That is, it is not a true socio-economic study. If you are a tenant, if you have a chronic illness, if you have many school children, it is not taken into account,” says Boda.
“On the other hand, consumer organizations ask That’s a dynamic character in the registry, but it doesn’t seem to be there yet. Whether for users who haven’t signed up yet, or those who lose their jobs, move, or whatever, The information in the registry does not affect the next month, but the government establishes a plan for the reduction., the first was at the end of July, but when the next is not known. In other words, although the registry is open, it is unclear whether this information is assessed monthly. This misinformation happens because everything is based on statements from executives, since the departure of Martin Guzmán there was only one formal resolution that established gas prices at the wellhead for distributors,” says Boda.
Duco’s Pedro Busetti says that “there are 5 million users who haven’t signed up for the registry yet. Direct removal of subsidy in these cases is too riskyBecause there are many reasons for not submitting the affidavit, such as not operating the technology or being away from the urban centres”.
“Clearly, The division also includes the general rate, i.e. businesses and unions., contrary to what the same officials told us weeks ago. This measure is going to have an impact on expenses”, says Boda.
With regard to the power consumption cap, “The criterion does not take into account that there are many neighborhoods that are electro-dense and those that are also weak, There are places in La Matanza or José C. Paz that do not have sewer or gas installations. And the social rate does not cover all these cases. Let’s think of a person who earns just over 100 thousand pesos per month renting a half-timbered house with little airtight, old appliances and no gas. In these cases, the limit of 400kw/h per month is too low,” says Boada.
In the case of gas, Boada says, “It is pertinent to take into account the climatic conditions and consumption curves of each location., but it is based on the wrong premise, since responsible use of the resource requires an initial investment of funds. Also, the plan chosen is poor, because if a family is on the limit of any category, You may want to consume more to enter the next one and stay below the threshold of the new range.,
Bussetti calculated that “a force of 400kw/h cap entering the region of Edenor and Edesur would produce The middle income group has an increase between 46 and 129 percent. The increase in natural gas is also going to be important for these sectors.”