Unemployed people should be given social benefits, Azerbaijani MP proposes

Unemployed people should be given social benefits, Azerbaijani MP proposes
# 08 December 2016 12:00 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. Azerbaijani MPs came up with a number of objections and proposals during Thursday’s discussion in parliament of the 2017 Budget of the State Social Protection Fund.

MP Rafael Jabrayilov mentioned that there are serious problems with the calculation of labor pensions, which often lead to long arguments in court. “Even after winning the case, these people have difficulty receiving their pension,” he added.

The MP suggested that targeted social assistance be given to unemployed families in this period of complicated economic crisis.

In his speech, MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev pointed out that problems remain with targeted social assistance, saying an issue was once raised that the list of people who are to be given targeted social assistance be published on the Internet.

“However, this initiative was not realized. Employment in some bodies needs to be as transparent as in the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population. Indeed there has been considerable progress since Salim Muslumov took over his position as head of this body, Hasanguliyev said, adding. “But absolute transparency is nowhere. Are we going to ensure transparency by cutting down on targeted social assistance? Quite the contrary, there will be serious dissatisfaction. I suggest that the criteria of minimum need be lowered to that of minimum living. It should be at least 135 manats. Families in districts have more social problems.”

There is a need to give social benefits to unemployed people to prevent possible discontent in society, the MP stressed.

Speaking at the meeting, MP Fazil Mustafa said that the unemployment rate is on the rise in Azerbaijan.

“The vast majority of citizens who have plots of lands cannot use them. They are also among the hidden unemployed people. Most of those who work in construction sector are also among them,” he said.

Mustafa called the growing unemployment a serious threat to the country’s national security.

“Unemployment leads to an increase in the number crimes and drug addicts. Therefore, the average monthly salary shouldn’t deceive us,” he said.

The MP also touched upon childcare costs in the country.

“Food and other necessities for a child are so expensive that a family can not meet them. Monthly expenditure per student exceeds 300 manats. Many parents can’t afford to treat their ill children,” he added.