ArmInfo. For people living in rural areas, an allowance for a child under two years of age will be established. Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia Smbat Saiyan announced this at a press conference on June 29.
As noted, the allowance will be provided regardless of whether the parents work or not. According to Sahiyan, the measure is aimed at improving the demographic situation in the country. According to preliminary estimates, about 7 thousand beneficiaries will be able to use the program. A mandatory requirement is that the parents and the child are registered in rural areas.
The program for the payment of benefits to this category of citizens will come into force on July 1 of the current year, while the amount of the benefit will be 26.5 thousand drams. In addition, from the same day, the current amount of childcare allowance will also increase, amounting to 26.5 thousand drams. Thus, parents living in rural areas will be able to claim both benefits at the same time. By the end of the year, 450 million drams will be allocated for the payment of child benefits.
Saiyan noted that from July 1, one-time payments for the birth of the first and second child will also increase - from the current 50 thousand drams and 150 thousand drams to 300 thousand drams. In addition, from the same day, a program of monetary assistance starts for families with children who intend to purchase housing in the regions. Financial assistance to families with two minor children will amount to 5% of the price of the apartment, but not more than one million drams. The second program is aimed at prepaid insurance when buying a home, and the third - at partial repayment of the principal amount of a mortgage loan at birth after July 1. <In particular, in the regional settlements, if it is the first or second child, then state support will amount to 10% of the mortgage loan, and in Yerevan - 5%. If a third and next child is born in a family, then the amount of payments in the regional settlements will be 50%, in Yerevan - 25%>, the deputy minister said. According to him, in the near future other assistance programs will also be implemented, including in the form of housing construction in the regions.