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by David Stepanyan
"Parliamentarians are also people. And, naturally, they also need an increase in salary. For some unknown reasons, there is a false stereotype in the Armenian public that parliamentarians are the most wealthy people," Republican MP Artak Davtyan told reporters in the Parliament, Tuesday.
On 23 October the Government of Armenia submitted a draft law "On a single salary system of civil servants" in the first reading in the Parliament. The bill provides for increase in salaries of the president, prime minister, parliament speaker, parliamentarians and civil servants starting 2014. A single system of payment for labor of officials and a general principle of calculation of their salaries will be introduced in Armenia.
"Despite that, I am ready to refuse from by salary of a parliamentarian, if all our colleagues refuse from the increase of their salaries stipulated by the currently discussed bill," the parliamentarian said. He said that the budget for 2014 is aimed at reduction poverty, first of all, "though any budget is an art of equal distribution of disappointments."
To note, a system of bonuses in the amount of at least 10% of the salary will be introduced for civil servants. The salary of the president will grow by 203% - from the present 436 thsd drams up to 1,223 mln drams, of the prime minister - by 218% - from the present 335 thsd drams up to 1,190 mln drams. Salary of the ministers will grow by 139% to 600,000 drams. The salary of the parliamentarians will be by 132,000 drams lower than that of the ministers.