Poverty level hits 37 percent in Kyrgyzstan
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24
By Elena Kosolapova- Trend:
The poverty level decreased to 37 percent in Kyrgyzstan, Kabar news agency reported on July 24 referring to Kyrgyz Ministry of Social Development.
The most positive changes in the welfare of the population were Talas, Jalal-Abad, Osh and Bishkek regions of the country.
The poverty line in Kyrgyzstan is 2,314 soms ($1 =51.81 som) per capita and extreme poverty line is 1,354 soms.
Kyrgyz government systematically works on poverty reduction, including through the provision of temporary social support to poor families.
In particular within the implementation of the Strategy for Social Protection Development
in 2012-2014 the ministry initiated the increase of the guaranteed minimum income by 10 percent until the end of 2014.
The income of about 115,000 families does not exceeding 640 soms per family member in Kyrgyzstan. More than 336,000 children live in these families.
Over one billion soms were allocated to needy children since the beginning of 2014.
Moreover, over one billion soms have been paid as monthly social benefits.
Edited by C.N