Minister: LPG Stove Conversion Not to be Implemented This Year
The Government confirmed that the conversion program of 3-kilogram LPG stoves to electric ones will not be implemented this year.
“The Government has decided not to implement the conversion program from 3-kilogram LPG stoves to electric stoves yet,” Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stated in a press conference with Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif in Jakarta, Friday (09/23).
Airlangga said that the Government continues to monitor feedback from the public and news circulated in the media. The Government has also been monitoring situation on the ground related to the conversion from 3-kilogram LPG stoves to electric stoves.
“We ensure that the program will not be implemented in 2022. We have not had any deliberation with the House of Representatives (DPR) regarding the budget for the program. Surely it has not been approved,” he added.
The Coordinating Minister added that the conversion program is currently in a trial stage, with the operation of 2,000 units out of the 300,000 units electric stoves planned to be implemented in the island of Bali and in Solo, Central Java.
“The results of this trial will be evaluated and we will make improvement measures,” he said.
Closing his statement, Airlangga underscored that the Government would prioritize public interest in the conversion program.
“The Government will make a prudent calculation regarding all costs and risks, prioritize public interest, and disseminate information to the public before the implementation of the program,” Airlangga conclusively remarked. (TGH/UN) (RI/HD/MUR)