Posted: 02.12.2022 15:58:00

Lukashenko approved allocation of Br130m+ from President's reserve fund to support state employees

130.6m Belarusian Roubles will be allocated from the reserve fund of the President of Belarus to maintain the level of material security of certain categories of budget organisations’ employees, and Head of State Aleksandr Lukashenko supported this decision, BelTA reports with reference to the Belarusian leader’s press service

The Government, based on the approaches approved by the Head of State, has made a number of decisions this year to increase the remuneration of employees of the organisations funded from the budget.​ "In particular, [they involve] a planned increase in the base rate, the transformation of COVID-related bonuses into wage premiums for work in the healthcare sector, the establishment of additional incentive payments to certain categories of public sector employees (lecturers and lead teachers, preschool educators and their assistants, social service and cultural workers)," Finance Minister Yuri Seliverstov told BelTA.

An additional need in finances to implement the decisions made reaches Br130.6m, and this money will be sent to the regional budgets, certain departments and organisations funded from the republican budget. In line with Article 24 of the law On 2022 Republican Budget, the President's reserve fund could act as a source of financing of these expenses. The Government submitted a draft of the relevant decision for approval, and Aleksandr Lukashenko supported the proposal.

Mr. Seliverstov clarified that, in order to ensure the financing of additional labour costs, the Head of State agreed to allocate money for these purposes from the President's reserve fund, including in the form of inter-budget transfers to certain regions of the country. "Taking into account the current revenues to the budget, the President's reserve fund has been formed in the volume sufficient to make these payments," the Finance Minister added.

The Government will adopt the corresponding resolution in the near future.