Today, when Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Narek Mkrtchyan reported the project on the compensation of tuition fees for unemployed citizens who took part in the Artsakh wars of 2016 and 2020, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan reflected on the effectiveness of that and other decisions.
“We make decisions for people, and when we read those decisions, they sound very good, but it is very important to go and see if that good text changed something for the better in the life of the beneficiary, or did we just say a good text, then we went to write another good text, and the human condition remained the same. This is the biggest problem,” said Nikol Pashinyan. According to him, people face it at every step. “There are even cases when we accept the decision, then we say in the reports that we accepted this decision, then we accidentally see that we have made a regulation there that the person cannot use it. Suppose the bus moves from point “a” to point “b”, but it has no doors and does not stop at bus stops for people to sit. But when the time of the report comes, it is mentioned: Honorable Mr. Prime Minister, we report that according to such a decision, the bus runs from Erebuni administrative district to, let’s say, Nor Nork administrative district, making 30 trips a day. Then you ask how many passengers it carried, they say like 2. This is a phenomenon and we face such a problem every month.”
Referring to the project presented by Narek Mkrtchyan, according to which the beneficiary must pay the tuition fee, then the state compensates him 50 thousand drams per month within 5 days, the Prime Minister said that this is one of the same decisions.
“And if he doesn’t have money, where will he pay from? It is better that we tell the educational institution that it is our beneficiary, the state is the guarantor, it will pay the tuition fee. It’s like we’re running on the same bus again. We tell the person, you go pay the rent, then we’ll give it to you. But the person may not have that money. It is better for us to tell the educational institution that he is our beneficiary, don’t ask him for the fee, we will compensate him,” said Nikol Pashinyan.
Narek Mkrtchyan said that the employer himself decides where the beneficiary should study, that’s why other procedures apply. But he added that it is a technical issue, we will change it before signing.