Salaries of mar­tyrs and geno­cide vic­tims to in­crease

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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.

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