SOCIAL ISSUES IN GOVERNMENT'S FOCUS, RA FINANCE MINISTER SAYS

PanARMENIAN.Net
31.03.2010 13:01 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The Armenian government implements various social
programs in accordance with the national budget potential, RA Minister
of Finance said.

"We try our utmost to maximally alleviate the pressure on the
vulnerable strata of the population but no country can fully obviate
the needs of the poor," Tigran Davtyan told reporters on Wednesday.

On March 25, 2010, the government approved 11% and 15% rise in pensions
and allowances respectively to compensate the rise in gas prices.

"Social issues are always in the government's focus," Minister Davtyan
said. "A special working group was formed to develop a package of
measures to be taken to assist the needy families."

According to him, monthly gas expenses will increase by AMD 2500 from
April 1.

Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mkhitar Mnatsakanyan said for
his part that "social hardships are temporary and the government will
exert every effort to make social allowances consistent."