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1.6 mln Georgians want the status of poor2009-02-06 18:38
It was today's statement of the opposition Christian Democrats party. They claimed it to be one of the reasons of their unwillingness to vote for the renewed Cabinet.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"This government cannot be regarded as successful as 1.6 mln people in Georgia - proud Georgians who do everything not to look poor in the eyes of the neighbours, society - ask to grant them the status of the poor, the indigent", the leader of the party, Giorgi Targamadze, said - RosBalt.
"The Georgian criterion for granting the status of the poor in fact is not what it must be. In Georgia the poor person is the one who cannot receive guest in the proper way and set the table for them at least of it once a month. So, not indigent, but paupers ask for the status of the poor; and they have to get some points: to have no fridge, no TV set. They are not poor, they are paupers. Every third person in Georgia says he is in such circumstances".
"And that is what you call a successful government? And this is the result of its successful work?" Targamadze questioned.
He reminded that one year ago the President and his party, the United National Movement drew a motto "Georgia without Poverty", but in a year "we get the Georgia with the territories, losing control of the government; and with the increased poverty level". "That is the reality behind the motto", Targamadze mentioned.
'The President said that Gilauri bulbs are lit in the country [Gilairi the Minister of Fuel and Energy], and they light the optimistic reality of our families and country. Perhaps, the Gilauri bulb is lit, but Gilauri money does not rustle in people's pockets. We have gas and electricity, but a great number of Georgians has no money to pay for them", the opposition member said and wondered why didn't gas and electricity prices decrease in the country or, at least of it, in Tbilisi.