YEREVAN, June 30. /ARKA/. The government of Armenia has doubled the size of a child benefit to be paid to parents living in rural communities, Deputy Labor and Social Affairs Minister Smbat Sayan told an online news conference today. He recalled that the decision is part of a government’s strategy to enhance childbirth rates as the benefit will be provided to parents, regardless of whether they are on maternity leave or not.
Under the decision, all residents of rural areas will be receiving benefit for a child under 2 years old in the amount of 26,500 drams. The parents who are on maternity leave, will receive the double benefit in the amount of 53,000 drams.
According to the deputy minister, the process of providing a lump-sum allowance for the birth of a child has been simplified. In particular, if the child was born in another country, the parent is not required to provide a proof that he/she did not receive benefit there. Also, the lump-sum allowance for the birth of the first and second child has been raised from 50,000 and 150,000 respectively to 300 thousand drams.
According to him, the government has earmarked one billion drams additionally for this purpose for 2020 and another 450 million drams for rural regions. In 2021, some 4 billion drams will already be needed for these purposes, and from 2022 – 8 billion drams only for benefits for rural regions.
According to the Ministry, the changes are expected to increase the birth rate in rural communities. ($1 – 481.94 dram).