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One lari caressing Georgian ear again2010-09-24 17:30
Prime Minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri offered the people of the country another innovation of the government for testing. Since November 1, every volunteer may acquire a computer or a notebook for the notorious price of 1 lari. The project will be sponsored by an American computer corporation, with whom the Georgian authorities have held negotiations that resulted in the decision to sign a relevant treaty. Still, how many citizens will afford paying 30 laris per month with a salary of 568,7 laris? And is the initiative really progressive? These questions were put by GeorgiaTimes to a conflict expert and member of the Republican Party Pata Zakareishvili and leader of The Right Opposition fraction Manana Nachkebia.
Zakareishvili and leader of The Right Opposition fraction Manana Nachkebia.
Minister of Education Dmitry Shashkin confirmed that such project will soon be launched. He underlined that Georgian banks will extend special credits on special terms. But 1 lari is the price for a standard stationary computer, while those wishing to buy a lap-top will have to make a daily payment of 3 laris. The aggregate monthly sum is 90 laris. However, the government believes that one lari is nothing, for even cigarettes cost more in Georgia. It is notable that Mr. Shashkin is aware of the current price for tobacco products, though he evidently does not need to count his "coins".
However, minister of education has surveyed the consumer market so thoroughly that he absolutely forgot about his two-year-old promises. He declared then that the students will get the right to obtain loans in commercial banks that will enable them to pay for their education. It turned out, however, that their payment terms did not differ from the general crediting and the interest was respectively high.
Now the Georgian banks offer an interest of 18-24 on loans and it becomes clear that the opportunity to "computerize" oneself won't be available to everyone. Manana Nachkebia sees no point in the initiative, for many firms are already selling computers on special terms via payment by installments: "As for the government's initiative, we do not know what kind of program it will be. I do not think anyone will rise to the bait. Most people have got no opportunity to buy something for as cheap as the government offers. They say the program will be launched on November 1 but, unfortunately, not everyone will be able to pay 30 laris each month. I wouldn't like to make any hurried conclusions but I do think this idea is aimed at PR".