The Committee considered the Bill on State Compensation and State Academic Scholarship, introduced by one of the initiators, Kakha Kuchava.
The Bill defines social provision guarantees for the families of the deceased or injured employees of the structure of the Environmental Ministry (participating in extinction of natural disasters or with the authority to detect and eliminate violations in environmental sphere). Maintenance of our nature, forests and protected areas is equally honorable as defense of the country or order. Protection of eco-systems and natural resources is important for sustainable economic development and state security as well and the official activities of the person listed are related to risks. Thus, they shall be granted with the guarantees.
“The example is the emergency situation - fires in the forests in 2017. As you know, without the foresters and rangers, fire could not be extinguished and without their devotion, the damage would be larger. Each ranger of the forests and protected areas covers thousands of hectares. At present, one ranger shall supervise 3700 hectares while the standard in Europe is 500-1000 hectares. Despite, according to the statistic data (2016), the rangers detect up to 3500 offenses annually”, - K. Kuchava stated.
The duties of the rangers are related to risky and fatal cases and often they confront better equipped and armed poachers. The Government has the remarks towards some principles of the Bill. Thus, the number of the compensation beneficiaries will be reduced, which is the issue opposed by the initiator.
After the discussion, the Committee supported the Bill initiated by K. Kuchava, O. Danelia, Z. Khutsishvili, E. Machavariani, G. Gulordava, K. Lursmanashvili, G. Gachechiladze, I. Khakhubia, G. Meshveliani, S. Makhatadze, M. Mdinaradze, I. Beraia, I. Pruidze, A. Okhanashvili, T. Zurabiani, I. Mezurnishvili, S. Kubda and M. Kvaraia.
The Committee considered with the I reading the Bill by Koba Kobaladze on State Compensation and State Academic Scholarship, aiming at development of the draft on Military Forces Reserve and Military Reserve Service to re-regulate reserve issues and to ensure maximal state support to the reservists – maintenance of compensation/state scholarship, as well as respective right.
The Committee considered the Bill on Grants, introduced by the Deputy Refugees Minister, Grigol Giorgadze with the II reading. The Committee supported the Bill.
The Committee discussed the Loan Agreement between Georgia and EBRD of January 5, 2018 on Enguri HPP Rehabilitation project. According to the Deputy Finance Minister, Giorgi Kakauridze, the draft envisages Enguri HPP rehabilitation with 28 ml EURO loan allocated for 15 years 3.5 of which are preferential.
The Committee considered with the I reading the Bill on State Pension introduced by the Chair of the Health Care Committee, Akaki Zoidze. The Bill aims at non-recognition of the paid labor on the occupied territories as the public service to prevent termination of issue of state pensions. The Finance Ministry shares the aspiration but disagrees with the formulation. The Committee agreed on additional consultations.
The Committee considered with the I reading the Bill on Spatial Arrangement and Construction Code, introduced by the Deputy Economic Minister, Irma Kavtaradze. The Committee supported the Bill.