MP says over one million Georgians live in poverty

Fri 30 October 2009 10:46 GMT | 14:46 Local Time

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Opposition MP Jondi Baghaturia has said that official data on poverty in the country is incomplete and needs to be adjusted.

Baghaturia said that over one million Georgia citizens live in poverty.

He said the system of assessing poverty does not work properly, as it lists only those who have no source of income.

"That's why about 600 000 people are left without aid," Baghaturia said. "They have a job, but their income is below even the official subsistence minimum, never mind the real one."

The MP proposed that the state review the system of assessing the material status of citizens and include people whose income is below the subsistence minimum.

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