The State Duma is considering a bill to abolish bank commissions for paying for housing and communal services. The first reading has been passed and amendments to the second are being prepared. One of them explains that you can still count on concessions. The list of categories of citizens for whom the payment fee will be waived will be determined by the government. It is expected that among them will be the most socially vulnerable groups.
Previously, banks reacted negatively to the idea of eliminating fees. It was noted that the ban on charging commissions for paying bills for housing and communal services will force the inevitable optimization of business processes and will lead to a deterioration in the conditions of service for bank clients. Many parliamentarians considered this reaction of the banking sector to be “irresponsible” and “anti-people.” So, State Duma deputy Sergei Mironov noted that the introduction of an initiative to abolish the bank commission for housing and communal services is a rare example of the absolute consolidation of all Duma factions around one bill.
“I must say, this is a rare case when the Duma factions have no disagreements. But due to resistance from the banking lobby, a decision has not yet been made. And if so, the heads of the largest banks again went on the attack and are threatening the State Duma with the grave consequences of the abolition of commissions: they say that expenses will arise that the banks are not obliged to cover. In a country that is going through difficult times, you are about to make a record profit of more than three trillion rubles. And at the same time, you don’t want to give up a little extra income in order to ease the pressure even a little on the citizens from whom you profit at every opportunity. Gentlemen, you have finally “lost the shores” to which you urgently need to be returned! I am convinced that the Duma will not succumb to pressure and will adopt the long-awaited law abolishing commissions,” he said.
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