Salaries of martyrs and genocide victims to increase
Following a promise during his Garmian tour last summer, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, decided in a Regional Oil and Gas Council session to allocate part of the oil revenues to the families of the martyrs and victims of genocide.
The decision, turning Barzani’s earlier promise into action, will add IQD 150,000 (approximately US$ 125) per month to the salaries of the families of the martyrs and genocide victims.
Following the session, Safin Dizayee, the official spokesperson of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), announced in a press conference that the Prime Minister decided to allocate IQD 110 billion (approximately US$ 90 million) to a fund for supporting the families.
“The implementation of the fund distribution will start as of January 1st 2013,” Dizayee told the reporters. “It benefits 40,684 people from the families of battlefield martyrs, 13,974 people from the families of genocide victims, and 20,165 people from the families of civil martyrs.”
Families of the battlefield martyrs and genocide victims will get a pay raise of IQD 150,000 per month starting from January 1st 2013 while families of civil martyrs will get IQD 50,000 extra per month.
Throughout all his visits to the areas under the Garmian Administration, which has significantly suffered from the Anfal and other genocide campaigns of the Baathist regime, Barzani has continuously promised to help its deprived inhabitants and provide more services to their deeply underdeveloped area.
Establishing this fund and allocating this budget from the oil revenues, according to the government, is a first step and the beginning of further serving and assistance of the area and its people.
Kurdish Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani setting the cornerstone for a hospital in Kalar. October 21, 2012.