New help for Bahraini low-income families
Manama, March 31, 2014
Low-income families in Bahrain who are unable to pay their power bills could benefit from additional government support.
The government already subsidises two-thirds of the cost of power, but is prepared to help those who still can't afford it, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
It took the decision yesterday after the issue was discussed by MPs during last week's parliament session.
His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Gudaibiya Palace yesterday, directed Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs Dr Abdulhussain Mirza to review cases to determine who deserves extra assistance.
"The Premier has directed Dr Mirza to help low-income families with bills, which have mounted due to their inability to pay," Rajab told journalists after the Cabinet session yesterday.
"An exact number of beneficiaries is yet to be determined, as a study will be conducted with immediate effect.
"There are some people who can afford to pay, but choose not to do so.
"They will not get support because they don't need it."
Dr Mirza told the GDN last June that the government was owed BD131 million ($339.4 million) in unpaid bills. - TradeArabia News Service