It is natural that the government's proposal to raise the minimum wage by 2500 AMD will not bring significant changes. Anyway, we should be able to assess our budget in the right way," Republican MP Sukias Avetisyan told a press conference on October 24.
He says the authorities are more interested in increasing wages than any other force but ‘the authorities first assess their abilities, and then realize their wishes.'
"Others always express their wishes but never refer to the sums they need to fulfill those wishes," Mr Avetisyan said advising that the opposition suggest ways of finding additional funds to increase salaries and pensions.
Regarding the former premier Hrant Baghratyan's proposal to double the minimum salary, raising it from 32,000 MAD to 72,000 AMD, the Republican lawmaker said: "Why didn't HAK (Armenian National Congress) give teachers 15 000 AMD instead of 5 000 AMD when Bagratyan was the country's prime minister? They are only speaking about wishes..."