Tuesday, October 26 2021 13:10
Naira Badalian

Gluttony must be stopped: Head of Economy Ministry on reduction of  New Year holidays

Gluttony must be stopped: Head of Economy Ministry on reduction of  New Year holidays

ArmInfo. Armenia's Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan believes that during 6-7 non-working days on New Year holidays, people are obsessed by gluttony. "This is not a  Christian way," Kerobyan said on October 26 at the plenary session of  the National Assembly, including by this factor substantiating the  project, initiated by him, on reducing the New Year's holidays.

So, presenting the draft amendments to the law "On Holidays and  Memorable Dates", according to which it is proposed to reduce the New  Year holidays to 3days, the head of the Ministry of Economy said that  long holidays negatively affect the rate of economic growth of the  country, and the extra four days of work will create an additional  volume of goods and services.

The idea was supported by the ruling Civil Contract faction,  considering it an objective necessity, while the parliamentary  opposition, on the contrary, opposed this legislative initiative.  According to the opposition factions, the initiator could not justify  the need to reduce non-working days during the New Year and Christmas  celebrations. The MPs from the "Armenia" faction proposed to add two  more to the three non- working ones - September 2 and September 7.

It should be reminded that on September 16, the government of  Armenia, without a report or discussion, approved the corresponding  amendments to the law of the republic "On Holidays and Memorable Days  of the Republic of Armenia". According to the explanation to the  document, article 1 of the law adopted on June 24, 2001, which states  that "Christmas holidays and New Year are celebrated from December 31  to January 6, non-working days are December 31, January 1.2 (New  Year) and 6 January (Nativity of Christ and Holy Epiphany) "will be  presented as follows: " Christmas holidays and New Year - celebrated  from December 31 to January 1 inclusive (New Year) and January 6  (Christmas and Holy Epiphany), non- working days. " January 2-5 and 7  are declared working days.  According to the initiator of the  amendments, "the number of paid days off for the citizens of Armenia  exceeds the number of paid days off in many developed and especially  developing countries", which negatively affects the economy of the  republic. "Weekends and holidays, due to the fact that they are non-  working, affect the country's GDP, as well as the fulfillment of  contractual obligations with local and foreign partner  organizations," the Economy Ministry believes. The economic  authorities of the country calculated that an additional 5 working  days will provide Armenia's GDP with an increase of 88.6 billion  drams or 1.5% of GDP, the total gross output will increase by 123  billion drams, the gross output of trade by 47.5 billion drams, and  industry by - 35.4 billion drams, services - by 33.9 billion drams,  the output of the agricultural sector and construction - by 3.5  billion drams from 2.9 billion drams, respectively.

The initiative has already been discussed in the government on April  15, 2021. As Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan noted then, the country's  authorities also solve problems in the healthcare sector by this. "It  is not known during this period people are resting or, in fact,  acquiring new health problems," he said. In general, the prime  minister urged not to panic and try to understand all the advantages  of the initiative. Then the ministers of labor and social affairs and  the head of the Ministry of Finance did not agree with the  calculations of the head of the Ministry of Economy. As the heads of  these departments noted, it is impossible to say about the absolute  benefits of the bill. "We propose to leave at least 3 non-working  days," former Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mesrop Arakelyan  said. In particular, former Minister of Finance Atom Janjughazyan, in  turn, stated that he was ready to argue with Kerobyan's argument that  the amendments would necessarily provide the budget with an  additional 88 billion drams. Arsen Torosyan, the former head of the  prime minister's staff, now a deputy from the Civil Contract, entered  the controversy, supporting Kerobyan's position, referring to his  past experience of working as a head of a medical institution.


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