ArmInfo. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told the residents of Vayots Dzor region why " the state budget received so little income, people's homes and families received so little income, the army was so underfunded, roads were underfunded, education was underfunded, health care was underfunded."
"74% of the arable land of Vayots Dzor region is not cultivated. These 74% are not processed for 25-30 years. This means that no value was created on this 74%. It was because of this that the state budget received so little revenue, people's homes, families received so little revenue, the army was so underfunded, roads were underfunded, education was underfunded, health care was underfunded. And, therefore, we must solve these problems through our work, " he explained.
According to Pashinyan, Vayots Dzor region needs to be cultivated. "Of course, we must understand that some of them are not cultivated because they are border areas. We must solve this problem as well. Some parts are not cultivated due to the lack of irrigation water. We must solve this problem as well. In the mountains of Armenia, 7 billion cubic meters of water are formed annually. We collect only 1 billion cubic meters in reservoirs. And we must develop a policy for the implementation of a large - scale program for the construction of reservoirs in Armenia," the Prime Minister said.
According to the head of the Cabinet, it is necessary to stimulate the widespread transition to drip irrigation. "And we want to launch the following program: within five years, we will not take money for water from those owners of land with an area of up to three hectares who will use drip irrigation. And we will definitely launch this program, i.e. the water will be free for them, " he said.
In addition, according to Pashinyan, the authorities have launched a program to permanently increase teachers ' salaries. "And from November this year, teachers who pass the certification will receive a salary of 30-50% higher. And as a result of this process, we will have only qualified teachers in our schools who will receive a decent and high salary, " he said.
According to him, the government is taking measures to bring the quality of school education closer in the villages and in the center of Yerevan. "To do this, we will first create a distance education institute, so that, for example, a teacher can conduct a lesson in Yerevan, and where there are not enough teachers, and in other villages, this lesson can be broadcast via the Internet. Only the teacher-instructor will be present in the classroom to ensure the presence and attention of the children, " he said.