Government announces 15% discount in electricity bill for 3 months

TRNC Prime Minister Ersin Tatar announced on Wednesday evening the government’s economic measures and support package to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the TRNC economy.

Announcing the 33-point austerity package at a press conference at the Prime Ministry, Tatar said that the measures adopted will create 1.5bn Turkish Liras in revenues needed to mitigate the economic impact of the crisis.

Summarizing the various measures in place, Tatar said that all the decisions adopted by the government were aimed at ensuring the health of the public.

The economic measures includes a 15 per cent cent discount applied to all those who pay their electricity bills for March, April and May on time.

The state will also be paying all TRNC and Turkish citizen employees of private establishments shut as part of coronavirus pandemic, a salary contribution of 1,500TL through the Employment Support Fund to ensure that the businesses continue to operate without having to lay-off employees.

Taxes levied on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages will also be raised.

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