As the winter months began to take effect, natural gas usage increased. In recent months, it has been decided that no fee will be charged for natural gas consumption of up to 25 cubic meters on invoices received until May 1, 2024. Therefore, natural gas in Istanbul will be free of charge up to 25 cubic meters until May 1, 2024.
Free natural gas, which was announced in the past months, has come to the fore again with the approach of the winter months. If the amount of usage of citizens is below the amount of natural gas provided free of charge, no fee will be paid.
IS NATURAL GAS FREE?
According to the decree, 25 cubic meters of the invoices of residence, place of worship and cemevi subscribers until May 1, 2024 will be paid by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance.
COST OF FREE NATURAL GAS IS 2 BILLION 470 MILLION
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Alparslan Bayraktar stated that within the scope of the free natural gas application, 2 billion 470 million 636 thousand 833 TL was paid from the Ministry’s budget from April 24, 2023 until the end of the July period.
CHP Bolu Deputy Türker Ateş submitted a written parliamentary question regarding the effects of free natural gas application on the budget of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.
ANSWERED THE QUESTION
Answering the proposal, Bayraktar said:
“For the system usage fees within the scope of the first invoice accruals from 24 April 2023 to 31 May 2023, an additional appropriation of 1 billion 812 million lira has been allocated to the budget allocated to our Ministry by the 2023 Central Government Budget Law, and 1 billion 811 million 722 thousand 315.34 from this appropriation. lira payment has been made.
A total of 6 billion 100 million lira has been allocated to the scheme opened for ‘Expenses Related to the Provision of Free Natural Gas’ in the Law No. 7457 on the Amendment of the 2023 Central Government Budget Law and its Related Schedules.
Payments for the implementation period extending to 2024 will be made from the appropriation allocated by the 2024 Central Government Budget Law. “In addition, the June and July period amounts for system usage fees corresponding to natural gas consumption of up to 25 cubic meters are 658 million 914 thousand 518.50 liras in total.”
Accordingly, 2.47 billion lira was paid for free natural gas from the Ministry’s budget in the April-July period. (AA)
NATURAL GAS INCREASE WARNING FROM CHP
Criticizing the government’s economic policy, CHP Deputy Chairman Ahmet Akın said, “According to the Global Food Price Index of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food prices across the board decreased by 10.7 percent in the last year. In our country, according to TÜİK data, food prices increased by 70.7 percent in the same period. Türkiye ranked among the top 5 countries in both consumer and food inflation. “While there is a high cost of living in our country due to the mistakes made by the government, saying that this is due to the world has nothing to do with the truth.” he said.
20 percent reduction in electricity and natural gas used in industry as of October 1 interest Stating that this was done, Akın stated that since the election, fuel prices have increased one after another, and this has led to an increase in production costs.
Akın said, “Every increase in natural gas and electricity prices before the approaching dark winter will be like salt and pepper in the increase in inflation. These increases will increase production costs. Increasing production costs means increasing prices in the market, on the shelves. It means citizens put less fruits and vegetables in their nets.” said.