Azerbaijani Parliament to Put up Need Criterion for Minimal Targeted Social Aid
Azerbaijan, Baku, 13 June / corr. Trend I. Alizade/ The Azerbaijani parliament has decided to put up a need criterion for the minimal social aid by AZN10mln up to AZN55.
According to Hadi Rajabli, chairman of the Standing Parliament Commission on Social Policy, about100,000 families are provided with the targeted social aid. The number of these families will grow up to 150,000 families after the need criterion is increased. The volume of this aid will be increased as well, Rajabli said. Each family will get AZN95 to AZN100 on average, while it totaled AZN88 on average previously.
The parliament made changes also to the regulations of the allocation of targeted social aid. The term of allocation of the targeted aid will be extended to one year from the previous 6 months.
Apart from it, if earlier any falsification was revealed in any documents introduced for the targeted social aid, the person who had introduced documents was deprived of aid for two years. But, now it has been decreased to one year.
According to MP Fazil Gazanfaroglu (chairman of Great Establishment Party) the estimations of the independent experts indicate that the minimal cost of living in Azerbaijan makes up AZN110, therefore increasing targeted social aid up to AZN55 is not enough.
The sharp increase in the targeted social aid can lead to the sharp increase in the level of inflation. Therefore, this process should be carried out step-by-step, Ziyafat Asgarova, the first vice-speaker of the Azerbaijan parliament said.
According to Sabir Rustamkhanli, chairman of the Civil Solidarity party, there are some problems regarding targeted social aid including wrong listing of people who need this aid and falsification of documents, as well as illegal payments (up to 50% of total aid amount) for the targeted aid.