Friday, 5 February 2021
Deputy Prime Minister Chairs Interagency Commission Meeting
Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan today chaired a sitting of the interagency commission for the evaluation of subsidy applications aimed at the development of economic and social infrastructure in the communities of the Republic of Armenia in addition to the subsidies envisaged by the state budget of the Republic of Armenia.
In his opening remarks, the Deputy Prime Minister said: “Creating a prosperous environment and developing socio-economic infrastructure in communities are among our top priorities. This is evidenced by the growing dynamics of subsidy programs.”
Tigran Avinyan provided comparative statistics about the past 3 years. In this context, he noted that 157 subsidy programs were implemented in 2018 under a pilot program co-financed in the amount of 1.7 billion drams from the State budget. The number of programs tripled in 2019, reaching 464 to a total cost of 9.59 billion drams provided from the State budget. The number and coverage of programs drastically increased in 2020, reaching 660, of which 570 were funded from the State budget to the amount of 14.3 billion drams.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the aforementioned programs covered almost all directions of community life: asphalting, construction of street lighting system, construction or repair of water irrigation systems, gasification of settlements. A special focus was placed on the construction or renovation programs of public and apartment buildings, kindergartens, parks and gardens.
The results of the programs which were completed last year were summed up during the meeting. The meeting also reviewed those programs initiated in 2020 but not completed due to COVID-19 and the war. Reference was made to the preliminary bids filed for new subsidies in 2021, as well as to the subsidy policies in general.
In conclusion, the Deputy Prime Minister gave relevant instructions to the government departments responsible for processing subsidy applications.