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Gov't, JPS to establish joint committee on electricity theft

Published:Wednesday | May 14, 2014 | 4:28 PM

The Government of Jamaica and the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) are to establish a joint committee to identify how to deal with the problem of light theft without punishing paying customers.

The Committee is to be chaired by Junior Energy Minister, Julian Robinson.

The decision to establish the committee was made today at a meeting between Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and members of the JPS management.

It came a day after the Office of Utilities Regulation ordered the JPS to immediately halt the practice of reducing electricity supply to communities where more than 70 per cent of people using the power are not paying for it.

"Legitimate customers cannot be forced to suffer for those who break the law," the Prime Minister reportedly told the JPS officials today.

However, Jamaica House said the Prime Minister made it clear that the government does not support electricity theft.

Jamaica House also reported that the JPS expressed regret that it did not have discussions with the government before implementing the policy.

The JPS has also reportedly apologised to its paying customers who were affected by the policy implementation.

The meeting held at Jamaica House was also attended by Government Ministers Omar Davies, Horace Dalley, Sandrea Falconer and the Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson.


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