Azerbaijani president’s decree to step up social protection of IDPs
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 24
The decree of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on unified monthly allowance for IDPs and persons equated to them will strengthen social protection of citizens of this category, said Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov in his interview with AzTV channel.
Hasanov, who also chairs the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, noted that the decree will also facilitate the payment of monthly allowances.
“For example, if a family has four members, they will receive an allowance of 144 manats. They can spend about a third of this amount to pay for public utilities, and spend the remaining part for other needs,” he said.
The deputy prime minister also noted that some previous allowances and payments were combined into a single amount, in other words, they were not canceled.
Hasanov added that bureaucratic delays will be eliminated.
“There will be no need to go to various state structures and collect documents. According to the ‘single window’ system, a list will be determined, on the basis of which these funds will be monthly transferred to plastic cards. Thus, transparency will be ensured in this sphere and direct contacts during the payment of allowances will be eliminated,” explained Hasanov.
President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on Jan. 23 assigning a unified monthly allowance for IDPs and persons equated to them.
The decree says that starting from Jan. 1, 2017, a unified monthly allowance of 36 Azerbaijani manats is assigned for each IDP or person equated to IDP instead of the allowance payments from state budget for food, public utilities and other services.