ArmInfo. The government will continue to discuss anti- crisis programs aimed at alleviating the situation with COVID-19. On April 17, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated this during an appeal to the population of the republic.
The prime minister recalled that to date, 13 anti-crisis programs have been approved in the republic. The first program is aimed at providing soft loans, as well as loans without interest rates.
Thus, preferential loans are provided in particular for the import of food, raw materials and equipment. At the moment, 229 business entities for the total amount of 10.9 billion drams have benefited from the program.
The second program aimed at promoting the agricultural sector and zeroing loans under state programs was used by 1307 entities for a total loan amount of 2.9 billion drams. The third program is aimed at organizing small and medium-sized businesses, which, depending on turnover, are provided with a loan of 2 million to 50 million drams for a period of three years and on favorable terms. 230 economic entities took advantage of it, and the amount of loans exceeded 2.4 billion drams.
The beneficiaries of the 5th program are organizations with 2-50 jobs, provided that their personnel are maintained under the conditions of emergency. 8340 similar organizations have already been involved in it, to which assistance in the amount of 1.3 billion drams has been allocated. "In the near future we will apply other programs of economic assistance," Pashinyan informed. As for the social block, under the 4th program, which implies one-time assistance to families with non-working parents and children under the age of 14, the total payments to 264 citizens amounted to 100 million drams. Under the 6th program, one-time assistance was paid (total amount - 457 million drams) to 6,723 citizens who lost their jobs during the period from March 13-30. 7026 women became beneficiaries of the 7th program of assistance to pregnant women whose husbands lost their jobs on March 13-30, the total payments amounted to 702 million drams. Under the 8th program, a total of 4.6 billion drams were paid to 63014 employees of the areas most affected by coronavirus.
According to the 9th program, which implies one-time assistance to parents who were not officially registered at work, 19,457 citizens were paid a total of 515 million drams. The 10th program covered representatives of microbusiness from the most vulnerable sectors, who will receive from the state an amount equal to 10% of the turnover for the first 3 months of 2020. About 6 thousand business entities have already been informed about it, and payments will start next week.
The 11th and 12th programs are aimed at partial compensation of utility bills for February. The 11th program covered 235 thousand subscribers, the amount of compensation - 786 million drams, and the 12th program - 280 thousand subscribers with compensation 1.8 billion drams. The 13th program is aimed at 85 thousand families receiving benefits, and the total payments will amount to 1.2 billion drams.
Pashinyan also noted that banks and credit organizations provided credit vacations for about 11 thousand legal entities in the amount of 35 billion drams, and 380 thousand to individuals - in the amount of about 15 billion drams. , - concluded the Prime minister.