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The issue of ministers’ salaries

By Messenger Staff
Thursday, March 21
Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili recently announced that the monthly salaries of Georgia's ministers will be 6, 300 GEL and they will not receive bonuses every month as it was during the previous administration, but once a year. Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri said some ministers of the United National Movement (UNM) government received over10, 000 GEL a month and sometimes together with their bonuses this amount increased to 27, 000 GEL. Statistical data was published in Rezonansi newspaper showing the salaries of various former ministers in 2012. Minister of Environment Goga Khachidze received around 6, 700 GEL per month, Vice Premier Gia Baramidze– 10 000, Minister of Culture Nika Rurua – 10, 000, Minister of Interior Affairs Vano Merabishvili – 6, 500, Minister of Infrastructure Ramaz Nikoleishvili – 9 000, Minister of Energy Alexander Khetaguri - 8 700 and Minister of Justice Zurab Adeishvili – 3, 500. It should be mentioned that people employed in the agriculture and education sector have the lowest salaries in Georgia.