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PM states that increase in salaries cannot be deemed as bribery

PM states that increase in salaries cannot be deemed as bribery

“Some people may state that the 2020 budget is an election budget, but it cannot be deemed to be bribery of voters. If anyone views increasing pensions or teachers’ salaries within the education reform, or creating normal social conditions for policemen who, as we all witnessed in Spring, maintain order in the country as bribery… I just think that it is a minor contribution, a minor opportunity given to those people on whom the country’s future depends” stated PM Giorgi Gakharia after the meeting with economic experts.

Yesterday, at the government’s extraordinary meeting, the PM announced that the 2020 budget envisages increasing pensions of senior citizens, all individuals under 18 and persons with severe disabilities by 20 GEL. In addition, from July 1, pensions of all pensioners over 70 will be increased by 30 GEL. Full time teachers’ salaries are also planned to be increased by 300 GEL; nursery school teachers’ salaries will be increased by on average 100 GEL in 2020 academic year. In addition, salaries of law enforcers, soldiers and individuals with similar obligations will be increased by at least 125 GEL. From July 1, 2020, rural doctors’ salaries are also planned to grow by 100 GEL.

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