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Belarus adopts decree on social parasites to make them finance government spending

On May 6, the Parliament of Belarus approved a resonant decree of President Alexander Lukashenko on social parasites. In Belarus there are about 400 thousand people, who can be attributed to "social dependents".

Belarus adopts decree on social parasites to make them finance government spending

According to the decree, citizens of Belarus, as well as permanent foreign residents and stateless persons, who do not participate in the financing of public spending or participate in such financing less than 183 days in a year, have to pay a fee of 20 basic units (about $ 240), Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Belta.

Presenting the document to deputies, Marianna Shchetkina, Minister of Labour and Social Protection, noted that one of the purposes of the decree is to legalize employment. "It is not about filling the budget with money. It's about making people participate in the financing of public spending," she said.

The Minister also notes that the Belarusian authorities are trying to solve the problem of "singling out people, who do not engage in any employment."

Shchetkina reports that the decree is temporary. "As soon as integrated information system starts working, and there are social e-cards, it will be eliminated. We will pay differently depending on how much one deserves," said Shchetkina.

The decree has caused resonance in the Belarusian society. Human rights activists believe that it violates several articles of the Constitution and international instruments signed by Belarus, and it is inappropriate due to the economic crisis.