Tuesday, October 22 2019 15:13
Karina Manukyan

"I`m shocked!". Edmon Marukyan criticized Prime Minister`s secret  order to raise ministerial salaries

"I`m shocked!". Edmon Marukyan criticized Prime Minister`s secret  order to raise ministerial salaries

ArmInfo.  Head of the Bright Armenia faction, Edmon Marukyan, expressed his indignation at the secret order of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to raise ministerial  salaries.  In an interview with reporters on October 22, he noted  that he was not against additional payments in the form of bonuses  for a job well done. In the case of the commission of the minister,  according to him, the problem lies in its secrecy. Calling this  circumstance a shame, Marukyan noted that such decisions should be  made openly.

<I am shocked that this information was disseminated the day before,  and so far no comments have been received from the Government. We  will take appropriate measures to identify and provide the public  with information about this secret process. Citizens 'funds cannot be  spent secretly, unless, of course, we are talking about spending on  defense and security>, he stressed.

"We understand that in order to not be corrupt, the minister must  receive a normal salary. There are two ways: either change the  coefficient of accrued wages, or give out this amount in the form of  bonuses. In both cases, I am favor," the MP noted.

To recall, yesterday, the "Hetq" published an article stating that a  secret decision by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan significantly  increased the salaries of ministers, deputy ministers and general  secretaries of ministries. Moreover, an order to increase salaries  was given in July this year.

Meanwhile, the wages of public servants are determined by law.  According to the RA Law "On Remuneration of Civil Servants", the  minister's salary ratio is 12. To get the minister's salary, this  number must be multiplied by the base salary of 66,140 drams. The sum  is 793 thousand 680 drams, including taxes. Meanwhile, without making  any changes to the law, the salary of ministers doubled and amounted  to 1.5 million drams.

The same goes for the salaries of deputy ministers and general  secretaries. According to the coefficient established by the law, the  salary of the deputy minister was supposed to be 562 thousand 160  drams, but in fact it turned out to be equal to 1 million 60 thousand  drams. The salary of the Secretary General increased from 595  thousand 260 thousand drams to 870 thousand drams. 

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