ArmInfo.Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan used the parliamentary rostrum today during a special meeting on the election of the head of government to talk about the results of his three-year rule. "Over the past period, deep reforms have taken place in Armenia, which have affected all the fields - from economy and justice to environmental protection," he said.
Pashinyan lamented the headlines in the media, saying they did not reflect reality. In fact, deep reforms have affected all sectors of the country's life. So, according to Pashinyan, when he started working as prime minister, the government's debt to economic entities (on the debit balance of VAT ed. note) amounted to about 274 billion drams. "Today, in fact, the government has no debts to business - they have been zeroed.
We have returned $ 500 million to the business within three years," he said. Institutional changes in the area of income tax were also important, he said. The transition to a flat scale of taxation of personal income and a reduction in income tax by 2 p.p. allowed to resolve the issue of "shadow" jobs and wages "in an envelope". "By March 1, 2021, the number of registered jobs increased by 85,038 compared to March 2018. Over the same period, the total salary fund increased by 36% or 34 billion drams," Pashinyan said. In the context of reducing the tax burden, Pashinyan emphasized, at the end of 2019, state treasury revenues increased by 43%
Nikol Pashinyan once again called the property tax changes epoch-making. These reforms, as pointed out by the acting Head of the Cabinet, were not only of fiscal importance, but also justified from the point of view of social justice. The scale of road construction has become also epoch-making, according to Pashinyan. "We built roads, but we didn't become millionaires because we are building roads for people," he said. In addition, during the period of Pashinyan's government in power - since 2018, Armenia, according to him, has abandoned the practice of "entering the share" by anyone.
"Monopolies have also been liquidated - there are no monopolies on the import or export of products," he said. The new government, according to Pashinyan, also supported demographic growth. Childcare benefits were increased, and programs to support families through mortgage lending were introduced. "Many people complain that the reforms in the justice sector did not have the results we were aiming for," he said. At the same time, as Pashinyan assured, these changes are revolutionary in nature - today the number of prisoners in penitentiary institutions is at a "historical minimum".
The judicial system is now more independent than ever, says Nikol Pashinyan. Throughout the history of the Third Republic, according to the acting Prime Minister, the judiciary was in a depressed state, today everything is exactly the opposite. "Only a government based on Christian values can behave this way," he said. Note that today, May 10, Yerevan is hosting a special session of the parliament on the issue of "non- election" of the prime minister.