EAST COAST DEMERARA, Guyana (Thursday, November 4, 2021) — With a stated committment to providing vulnerable citizens with financial support, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security has extended the government’s 75 kilowatts per hour (KWH) campaign to an additional 5,000 households.
Human Services and Social Security Minister, Dr. Vindhya Persaud, stated, yesterday, that she is delighted to be able to deliver on yet another promise, focused on providing relief, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is envisaged that before the end of November, everybody would have benefited from that measure, which, I think, will go a long way to alleviating expenses that they would have experienced, through GPL (Guyana Power and Light Incorporated) and light usage or electricity usage. You know, this is a commitment that would have been made and we have definitely delivered on that,” she said.
The electricity relief initiative is the brainchild of Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, which he announced in August, along with the $25,000 one-off cash grant that targets old age pensioners, public assistance recipients and persons living with disabilities.
In his address at the time, President Ali had declared that the electricity credit will be paid to GPL, on behalf of households consuming 75 Kilowatts per hour (KWH), or less, per month.
The one-month free electricity program, thus far, has assisted 49,966 households, to the tune of $187.4 million, of which 42,724 post-paid and 7,242 pre-paid paid customers saw an automatic reduction on their October, 2021 bill.
Meanwhile, the Human Services Ministry is currently contacting the additional 5,000 households, which would benefit from the project.