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Is natural gas free, until when?

Free natural gas, announced in recent months, is back in the spotlight with the arrival of the winter months. If the citizen’s usage amount is less than the amount of natural gas provided free of charge, no fee will be paid.


According to the decree, 25 cubic meters of the bills of residence, place of worship and cemevi subscribers until May 1, 2024 will be paid by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance.


Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Alparslan Bayraktar stated that within the framework of the free request for natural gas, 2 billion 470 million 636 thousand 833 TL were 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 on the effects of the free application of natural gas on the budget of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.


Responding to the proposal, Bayraktar said:

“For system usage fees within the scope of the first bill accruals from April 24, 2023 to May 31, 2023, an additional appropriation of 1 billion 812 million lira has been allocated to the budget allocated to our Ministry by the Central Government Budget Law for 2023. and from this appropriation payments of 1,000 million 811 million 722 thousand 315.34 liras have been made.

A total of 6.1 billion lira has been allocated to the open plan for “Expenses related to the provision of free natural gas” in Law No. 7457 on Amending the Central Government Budget Law for 2023 and its related annexes .

Payments for the implementation period that extends until 2024 will be made from the appropriation assigned by the Central Government Budget Law for 2024. “In addition, the amounts for the June and July periods for fees for use of the system corresponding to the consumption of natural gas of up to 25 cubic meters amount to 658 million 914 thousand 518.50 liras in total”.

Consequently, in the April-July period, 2.47 billion lira were paid for free natural gas from the Ministry’s budget. (AA)


Ahmet Akın, vice president of the CHP, criticized the government’s economic policy and said: “According to the World Food Price Index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food prices around the world decreased. 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 five countries in consumer and food inflation. “While there is a high cost of living in our country due to mistakes made by the government, saying that this is because of the world has nothing to do with the truth.” he said.

Akın stated that as of October 1 there was a 20 percent increase in electricity and natural gas used in the industry, and that fuel products have increased one after another since the elections, which 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 increasing inflation. These increases will increase production costs. The increase in production costs means an increase in prices in the market, on the shelves. It means that citizens put fewer fruits and vegetables in their networks.” saying.

Source: Sozcu


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