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Hungry Georgians attacking mayor’s office in Tbilisi2010-09-30 19:23
Thousands of people in Georgia are ready to repeat "I'm hungry" after leader of the Ara ("No") movement Levan Chitadze. It was under this slogan that he brought his supporters to the mayor's office building in Tbilisi. Among the action participants, there were refugees whose problems are solved by the government according to the principle: "Out of sight out of mind". What are these people to the officials, especially that the money for their settlement has already been appropriated?..
"Our action was aimed at protecting those who starve in Tbilisi and Georgia, - Levan Chitadze has stated to GeorgiaTimes. - There are hundreds of such people in our country because the social situation is much strained due to unemployment".
The Ara movement reminded the government of its obligations before international organizations as to supporting the socially unprotected layers of population, for which purpose, a database of those needing state protection should be set up. The lists possessed by relevant ministries are beneath criticism. They've got rather low criteria for identifying the "disadvantaged".
Chitadze is not going to wait until the government at last gets to updating its databanks. His movement together with the refugee non-governmental organizations is starting to collect information on the aggrieved groups of population. "On October 7, we are going to submit a very long list to the mayor and the parliament of the country", - he underlined.
There were a lot of people at the "I'm hungry" action who suffered because of the social agents' negligence. Some of the families were left without dole and dwelling just because of the wrong information provided about them.
As soon as Mikheil Saakashvili came to power, he announced a poverty-preventing program. For instance, in the context of the program he promised to raise the pension to 100 dollars, provide free medical treatment and so on. Those pensioners who have lived up to this day are content with 80 dollars, though it's enough to buy twice as less an amount of products as in 2004. As for the free medical treatment, there has been launched a system of cheap medical insurance that turned out to be unaffordable for most people.
The government regularly provided the data about the reduction of percentage of the starving. However, it seems to be possible only due to the agents' mistakes and the change of criteria of assigning the "disadvantaged" status. World Bank still ranks 60 percent of the Georgian population among the poor.