CDM criticized Saakashvili's initiative with the vouchers
Representatives of the Georgian parliamentary faction Christian-Democrats have criticized the new initiative of the President of Georgia. According to "Georgia News", Saakashvili's initiative implies distribution of vouchers worth 30 lari to the families in the regions for the implementation of farm work. Thus, according to the president, about 800 families of Georgian families may get such vouchers. This initiative does not apply to those citizens who live in big cities. Issuing vouchers will begin December 20, 2011.
"We have seen such actions not once, but our farmers are well aware that these 30 GEL is not enough even to buy a bag of fertilizer or 20 liters of fuel. To really alleviate their (farmers) conditions, the government should create agrarian policy strategy instead of the voucher distribution", the chairman of the faction George Akhvlediani said. He announced this position at a press conference with reporters.
However, the representative of the CDM supported initiative announced by the Catholicos of All Georgia Ilia II on the need to create government funds for rural development. "The government has already spent 100 million lari (about $ 60 million) for one-time action, but the people still have the same problems. It is necessary to create these funds", Akhvlediani said.
Further, the Vice-Speaker of the faction Levan Vepkhvadze also asked: "This amount is not reflected in the budget, and what money the government is going to spend for this program?"
He also expressed surprise from the fact that the government programs are implemented through only one bank - Liberty Bank. "Why you do not arrange a tender and why only one bank has got this right?", the oppositionist asked.
And he wonders whether the distribution of the presidential vouchers is Saakashvili's tricky course on the threshold of parliamentary elections in 2012?