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State support for IDPs will continue

By Tea Mariamidze
Wednesday, February 15
Vice-Premier and Energy Minister of Georgia, Kakha Kakadze, says that the government will not reduce budgetary funds allocated for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Kaladze commented on the reform to be carried out in the Ministry of Refugees, adding that no concrete model was elaborated yet.

However, the Vice-Premier claims that every tetri allocated for IDPs will be spent on them.

“The reform will make it possible to double social benefits for those persons who are the most vulnerable. Also, we plan to speed up construction projects in order to provide these people with accommodations,” Kaladze said.

The minister noted that many IDPs had already been provided with flats, adding this process would continue in the future.

“Which government paid so much attention to refugees? We just need cooperation and trust,” he added.

In early February, the Minister of Refugees, Sozar Subari, stated that some internally displaced families would no longer receive the state monthly support worth 45 GEL.

The minister added that this would concern the families whose members were employed and who had already received accommodations from the government.

Instead, Subari said that the poorest refugees would receive doubled monthly support from the state.

On February 9 2017, the government approved the 2017-2018 National Strategy Implementation Action Plan for refugees.

Subari said that the plan had many directions, and its priorities were providing refugees with accommodation and it also would help them to have their own source of income.

The minister claimed that according to the national strategy, 4000 refugees would receive accommodations in 2017-2018.