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40 years is too much?2013-04-18 13:52
If you ask a citizen of any country who has an idea of Georgia about what did distinguish the government of President Mikheil Saakashvili, the most common answer will be the following: the young age of staff. Indeed, the reign of Saakashvili was marked by the advent of the "verdant" officials. They all looked as if they occupied the bureaucratic chair straight after the lecture halls of the most prestigious Western universities. Government, according to the President, needed "fresh blood." After that, everything was easier: the new ones attracted their associates who often were the relatives. How the things stand now in the government departments of the country, and in the field of employment in general? In other words, who lives well in Georgia, and at what age?
For a long time, Georgia was a country of protectionism and cronyism. Common thing was appointment to the position of close relatives, nieces and friends, even though these people could be inexperienced and incompetent. This "rule" also applied to the government. Almost all the posts there, including the Ministers, were occupied by "verdant" relatives.
Mikheil Saakashvili clearly and loudly declared that all those over 35 years of age, especially over 40, were worthless. They eventually were thrown to the trash of history; they had no place in the new government and in the public life of the country in general. This statement made many people fall into depression. People who gained knowledge and experience for years and were true professionals were unneeded in their own country just because they were over 40. The reason is that these people lived in the Soviet Union, and the new President with the European format of thinking cherished a dream - to put the country on the European track by getting rid of the rusted Soviet counterparts.
Thus, in the country there were young Ministers who filled the Ministries on the basis of the kinship and friendship ties. Older people were no longer visible either in the private sector or in the government offices. Elderly in this case were considered those who were over 40. For comparison, in neighboring Azerbaijan, in 2006 and 2007, the youth projects of the country involved the people under forty inclusive. But that is another extreme.
After the change of government in Georgia people began to hope for the end of nepotism. However, visible changes have not occured yet. The facts tell a different story. The new government is also busy working on the appointment of the relatives, causing great discontent among the active members of the "Georgian Dream" who are waiting for work, but every day they witness that a relative of the official gets appointed to the vacant position. However, this government is not characterized by the presence of only young cadres, rather the opposite.
Here is what Kakha Zhorzholiani, gamgebeli of Mestia, who took on the work his nephew, said: "My nephew is not deprived of the right to work. How do you think, what I was to do, he's been unemployed for years," he replied to the accusations of nepotism.
Naturally, the wide circle of friends allows you to receive more information and, if necessary, helps you to find interesting work. Currently, recommendations and personal relationships solve a lot of problems not only in Georgia, but throughout the world. Nepotism is a separate issue that requires thorough analysis. We do not set such a task. We want to identify the shortcomings of society and government failures.
In Georgia, every public authority is obliged to announce a competition for all vacant positions. For this purpose there is a special website. However, as a resident of Tbilisi Mariam Oragvelidze told us, it's just a formality.