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Georgian authorities abuse pensioners2011-11-18 10:23
The Georgian government is proud of having bright plans for the next year. The authorities of the Transcaucasian republic want to cork shameful holes in the country's budget referring to the social sphere.
Yet, it turned out immediately that increase in pensions has pitfalls, as noticed by Free Democrats beating the alarm over incompliance between the pension project and the Constitution. According to the opposition, hundreds of thousands of Georgians are discriminated. Yet, the country's leadership is not confused hearing such statements: the parliamentary majority has already given its weighty answer to claims.
The 2012 budget draft is full of rumors that the government is pleased to hear. As expected, according to redistribution of funds the social sphere will bloom and blossom. As compared with its current situation with blooming unemployment and poverty, this would be just great. Certainly, quick and one-time improvement is out of question, but on the whole better funding for the social sphere is a vital and positive tendency for Georgia.
Manana Mandzhgaladze, vice speaker of Georgian president "presented" this budget sector at a special briefing explaining that in 2012 pensioners and children below 5 years old will be given social insurance packages. Hardly will this be an extraordinary achievement. Yet, from the point of view of Georgians whose salaries are low and have no chance to pay their bills, such promises made by the authorities are important. It is a different question whether they will be fulfilled.
"The government of Georgia has submitted these proposals to parliament together with the 2012 budget draft and we hope these decisions will be adopted by the legislative authority", - Manana Mandzhgaladze said. According to her, the idea to grant medical insurance policies and increase pensions will affect half a million Georgian citizens from "most unprotected layers of the society".
Public medical services will cost GEL 15 per month (nearly USD 9). Happy owners of free policies will have a chance to undergo medical tests and have a consultation of a doctor, refund half of expenses on certain medicines and 80% of the cost of urgent and expensive medical interventions including chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Considering that up to now "most unprotected layers of society" have had to solve their financial problems related to health on their own, even small changes for the better are a real breakthrough. It is hard to contradict Manana Mandzhgaladze.