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Subeliani to hide from refugees in Gori

2011-02-11 13:42

13399.jpegFailing to solve the refugee problem even with force, Georgian authorities decided to drop the issue, as can be seen from aggressive reaction to criticism of the ministry for refugees in mass media and a decision, practically finalized, to move the ministry to Gori. Yet it's obvious that official Tbilisi will not hide away from people anyway.


Prominent political and public figures, as well as journalists and clergy have been working on protection of rights of refugees from Abkhazia and South Ossetia for a long time. Albeit disunited, they apply a lot of effort to have leaders of the ministry for refugee affairs dismissed. Mr Subeliani's activities as head of this governmental body irritate both refugees and a number of parliamentarians. Kartuli Dasi party leader Jondi Bagaturia accuses ministry workers of corruption referring to misappropriation of budgetary funds assigned for support of refugees. 

"The ministry paid GEL 500,000 to refugees as a non-recurrent aid. Still, there are no aid criteria. This proves that the ministry is involved in elite corruption. Besides, refugee status has not been assigned to 1,500 people in violation of the law. Besides, GEL 28,000,000 of the ministry's funds have simply vanished", - Bagaturia remarked at a parliamentary session demanding creation of an ad-hoc commission to investigate embezzlements inside the ministry.  

Blatant robbery of refugees by the ministry Bagaturia speaks of looks particularly aweless against the background of a beggarly allowance these people get from the state. As Alexander Shalamberidze, People's party political secretary told GeorgiaTimes correspondent, the relocatees who live in administrative buildings of Tbilisi can count on a fantastic allowance of...GEL 22. They can afford nearly 30 bread loaves! Those who live in rented apartments receive additional aid from the state. Take a seat (just in case): it's GEL 6!

According to the Georgian oppositionist, most refugees have to find non-qualified jobs just to make ends meet for their families. "They work as sellers finding means of subsistence on their own. But they do "subsist". There is no other word to describe the situation they are in. It is impossible to live a normal life in conditions the authorities created for them", - Shalamberidze emphasized.

"The government does what they want though they had to stop evictions of refugees with the help of police because of social resonance, - Shalamberidze continues. - Now it is important to understand what our leaders have in mind".

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