YEREVAN, OCTOBER 17, ARMENPRESS: Armenia’s 2006 draft budget earmarks 54.1 billion drams for the labor and social affairs ministry, an 8.1 billion drams rise against the 2005. Labor and social affairs minister Aghvan Vardanian told parliamentary debates on the draft budget today that a set of new programs would be implemented next year, one of which is to establish a single system of children’s protection, which would require 113 million drams.
He said around 26 billion were set aside to pay social benefits to insecure families. This is almost 5 billion more than was earmarked for 2005. The average amount of a monthly benefit to these families will grow from current 12,000 drams to 15,300 drams. He said another one billion drams would be released for 24-hour care of 935 institutionalized children. Also some 1.4 billion drams will be released for taking care of graduates of children’s houses and senior lonely citizens in specialized institutions.
And eventually some 90 millions are set for construction of the first ever shelter for homeless people.