Sunday, 19, August, 2018

The Cabinet of Ministers’ draft resolution approving the procedure for setting the minimum consumer basket and subsistence minimum was published for public consultation. The requirement to introduce the said concepts is stipulated by the state program "Year of Proactive Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas And Technologies".

“Many people are unsatisfied with the size of pensions, allowances, wages, which is evidenced by the the great many letters incoming to the Virtual and People's Reception offices of the President”, the document developed the by Ministry of Economy underscored.

The ministries of finance and economy and the Central Bank must submit proposals for a step-by-step increase of the minimum wage to the 100% of subsistence level by 2021 and the minimum pensions and benefits to the 100% of subsistence minimum by 2025 with due regard to the pension reform, the draft added.

The subsistence minimum level for the able-bodied is calculated as the sum of the value of minimum consumer basket plus the mandatory payments and fees.

The value of minimum consumer basket for the public in general and for the main socio-demographic groups (children, able-bodied, pensioners) is determined by adding up prices of certain food items, non-food products and services.

The list of food items and the average daily minimum consumption norms include, inter alia, the following food items by consumption amount (grams per day) by men aged 16-59 and women under the age of 55:

  • wheat bread - 100 gr;
  • rye bread - 100 gr;
  • potatoes - 150 gr (men), 100 gr (women);
  • apples - 100 gr;
  • beef 50 gr;
  • lamb - 20 gr;
  • meat of poultry - 80 gr (men), 50 gr (women);
  • milk and dairy products - 100 gr;
  • eggs - 1 piece;
  • sugar - 20 g;
  • iodized salt - 1,5 gr.

In total, 16-59 year old men’s diet should be 2,400 calories (88.7 grams of proteins, 100.3 grams of fat, 297.8 grams of carbohydrates); the diet of women under 55 years of age - 2312.4 calories (83.1 grams of proteins, 96.4 grams of fat, 289.6 grams of carbohydrates).

The consumption norms for non-food items and services are not given in the draft resolution.

Public consultation of the document will end on June 27.

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