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Georgian money under the sight2011-11-28 13:54
Having increased the expenditure part of the budget for next year to 213 million lari, Georgian Finance Minister Dmitry Gvindadze stated that this increase will allow Sakartvelo to celebrate the New Year with a "raised head". However, the fate of the state budget this year is in doubt. Suddenly having found out that it had been executed with a surplus of 219 million GEL, the finance minister proposed to spend it not for social purposes, but for the military. That is, if in the election year somebody would raise his head, that would be security forces guarding Saakashvili's regime.
Unexpectedly having found extra 219 million lari in the budget for this year, the Georgian Finance Minister Dmitry Gvindadze spoke at the government hour in the Georgian Parliament with a proposal to spend the money for the "security" through an increase in military spending - allegedly, the government, which has reduced vast majority of the Transcaucasian republic to poverty , there is no more urgent task.
At the same time, the official has bothered to explain to parliamentarians, considering changes in the main financial document of the country, any specific reasons for the decision. Dmitry Gvindadze has not specified why financing the army is more important than, for example, increasing pensions. Although, he recently announced that the increase of the average level of pensions to $ 100 is strategic goal of his department. "At this stage we are working within the budget for 2012. Accordingly, the issue is being considered in the government, in parliament and till the end of the year we will finally form on this matter and the pensions will increase", noted the head of the finance department.
While it's clear why Mikhail Saakashvili's regime wants to please the military. Against the backdrop of a failed domestic and foreign policy, which led his rating in a steep dive, the only force that can provide support for Saakashvili and his clique in the election year, are members of the top brass. The more obvious became disturbance of the opposition, caused by this protective selectivity.
However, it does not mean that this money is actually intended for the military. Knowing the greed and adventurism of the president and his entourage, the head of the party "Kartuli Dasi" Jondi Baghaturia has expressed original point of view on a controversial initiative to the Minister of Finance. He suggested that the unexpected "surplus" has long been plundered, and the authorities simply want to retroactively legalize the disappearance of the money.
"You say you have 219 million, well, increase the pension starting from January 1. But I have a profound suspicion that this amount is already wasted and now you want to legalize it. Our faction will not support the legitimization of such illegal spending", threatened Jondi Baghaturia.
However, the pro-government parliamentary majority doesn't care of the opposition's fears. So, they decided not to hold it up and quickly approved the amendments to the questionable financial document.