Kazakh President announces 5-year moratorium on salary increase for civil servants

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakh President

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# 11 January 2022 13:18 (UTC +04:00)

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev announced on Tuesday a five-year moratorium on salary increase for members of the Kazakh government and deputies, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"I believe that the salaries of the above-mentioned categories of civil servants [members of government and deputies] are quite sufficient, therefore I consider it possible to declare a five-year moratorium on increasing the salaries of members of the government, regional akims [heads of local governments] and deputies," Tokayev said, speaking before the parliament.

He also instructed the National Bank of Kazakhstan to ensure the stability of the foreign exchange market until the full return of confidence in the country's national currency, the tenge.

In addition, the president instructed the government to develop and adopt within two months a program to increase the income of the country's population and reduce unemployment. He also called for adapting social policy "to new realities," given the COVID-19 pandemic and other social problems. In this regard, the president instructed the authorities to create a public social fund, which will deal with health care, education and social problems.

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