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Cheap fairytale about one lari annoys youth2010-10-20 12:33
Young age is the time of ideals when people keenly sense falsehood and reject it. No wonder that the Christian Democratic movement youth branch held the second gathering near the building of Georgia's state chancellery to demonstrate their attitude to the novelty suggested by the authorities - to equip the country with one-lari computers. The young people consider this idea completely null calling it an artless PR action. To them the action seems pure mockery: anyone who really needs a PC will have to forget about it.
This is the second protest rally by Christian-Democrats against the government's phony proposal. The first one was held on October 5 with young people exhibiting a PC in a glass frame as a symbol of its inaccessibility to common Georgians - like a museum piece. Look but don't touch.
A one-lari PC is a flashy publicity move by Georgian government and Intel. To be more precise, the idea originated in great Georgian minds and the computer company agreed to participate. As presumed, any Georgian willing to buy a smart machine for home use can buy it on deferred terms. Loan installments look attractive - one lari per day. Or three lari - for a powerful and a modern PC.
The idea has been widely advertised to be launched one of these days. Negotiations with Intel are over with all agreements expected to be signed on October 22 and the easy payment program supposed to start on November 1. It seems Georgian "heads" praise themselves for this idea. Still, upon a closer view it seems more like a dream than a real project like any other ideas of Tbilisi wise men.
Let's analyze the situation in detail. One lari per day sounds tempting, but there are thirty days in a month, so the minimum payment will be GEL 30 at best. Let's not forget that a powerful machine costs GEL 3 per day, i.e. GEL 90 per month. With an average salary of GEL 200-250 in Georgia thirty lari is already an imposing figure while GEL 90 is simply unmanageable. Besides, the amounts must be paid on a monthly basis for two years, the PC loan repayment period.
Still, if someone takes a risk and buys a PC on this program another problem appears. A PC is not only an iron box with a display, a mouse and a keyboard. This is software too. And licensed SW is very expensive: the set needed for work might cost GEL 1000!
A common Georgian must get dizzy of the figure above. Thus, buying a PC on credit is like having a five-ruble discount on a Mercedes. There is only one way out - piracy.