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Why Kakhetians are thankful to hurricane?

2013-03-06 15:39

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Authorities have allocated to the residents of Kakheti compensation for damage caused by hail and strong wind last year. Overall, 53 million GEL; each family has received from two to five thousand lari ($ 1200 - 3000). How have the Kakhetians used this money, and what do the experts and people from other regions of the country think about this?


After a long wait the farmers in the region of Kakheti in eastern Georgia have received compensation for the damage caused by hail and strong wind last year. The government has allocated 53 million GEL which is rather large sum by Georgian standards. It would seem that people should now line up for buying fertilizer, seed, and, maybe some technique, since the amount of the compensations allows buying it. But it was not there. Having got so much money many Kakheti residents rushed straight to the car market and fulfilled a childhood dream - bought expensive cars, mostly Mercedes and BMW, and some even jeeps.

"We have received 3.500 GEL as compensation, added some money and bought Mercedes C class. Thank to our government and Mr Bidzina", resident of the village of Chumlaki Rezo Datunashvili said in an interview with reporters.

But a resident of the same village Natela Dzhikurishvili does not like Mercedes. She prefers BMW. "My son saved up the money - he wanted to buy a car. And here we got the compensation. He took remaining sum as a loan and bought a BMW", Dzhikurishvili told reporters.

But not all of the residents of Kakheti have "fulfilled a dream" and bought new cars. Some have decided to spend the money more wisely. "Residents of Kakheti have got from two to five thousand GEL", resident of the Gurdzhaani district George Vardosanidze said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes. "My neighbor immediately ran out and bought a car - I even do not know what brand - I saw it for the first time. And I don't need such things. I've decided to build a greenhouse - to get the harvest all year round. I've also bought a couple of cows - now I have so much milk that I do not even know what to do with it", George said.

Information about the "exploits" of the Kakhetians literally blew up the Internet. In social networks, there are such statements - "now they use Mercedes to plow and sow?" "They say that the Chinese and Indians are buying up the land, and what are they doing themselves?" However there are different posts: "God help you, congratulations to the acquisition. I really hope that soon the whole of Georgia will be driving these cars".

Experts believe there is nothing surprising in such attitude to the funds allocated by the state. "Basically, for me it would be amazing if they would have acted differently", expert and psychologist Ramaz Sakvarelidze said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes. "At that moment that was the most valuable thing for people, so they used the amount on the basis of short-term motives. Following these decisions they are fully responsible for their fate and future. This demonstrates once again that it is better to spend state funds for the restoration of any objects damaged by disaster than distribution of money to the people. Otherwise, reaction of the people who have got the money is very interesting", said Sakvarelidze.

"And how do you think, was the government to explain the peasants before issuing the compensations what was better to spend the money for - to buy fertilizer or seeds - and to use the TV and other media for this?"

"I do not think it would have solved the problem. Obviously, peasants dreamed not of the fertilizer. Therefore, when the international organizations allocate loans and grants, they always indicate the needs for which they should be spent", Sakvarelidze said.

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