ArmInfo.Under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan, a meeting of the Council on Improving the Demographic Situation was held the day before.
According to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, during the meeting Avinyan recalled that the government in its program of activities was obliged to provide stimulation of the birth rate and stability of the demographic situation. This policy, he said, is not an end in itself, and is due to the country's military, economic and social security. "Our policy will be revolutionary, since the task, which has taken such deep roots, is very multispersed and its overcoming requires innovative and justified solutions," he said. According to him, as of today, the Council has identified demographic problems, an analysis based on evidence has been carried out, which will allow us to move from the preparatory stage to practical actions. As the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out, measures aimed at improving the demographic situation require operational execution and should be started already from 2020.
Speaking about the planned programs, Tigran Avinyan stated the need for the development and implementation of programs to stimulate fertility and promote young families. Programs will also be developed for returnee families, giving priority to young families.
To this end, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has developed and submitted to the court concerned program proposals in the following areas: a possible revision of the system for providing family benefits, in particular, a lump-sum allowance for childbirth and childcare benefits; providing care for children from pre-school and school institutions of an extended day; additional assistance to young families in the provision of housing.
It should be noted that as of January 1, 2019, the resident population of Armenia amounted to 2 million 996 thousand people, which is 7.6 thousand less than in 2018.