DRAFT SUGGESTS EXTRA MONEY FOR STATE STAFF IN REMOTE REGIONS

A draft law prepared by 30 MPs has been submitted to Parliament, seeking monetary compensation for state employees posted in remote settlements and in the Gobi region. A similar draft prepared by 24 MPs in 2009 was rejected by Parliament.
The draft lists 91 districts in Gobi-Altai, Bayan-Ulgii, Zavkhan, Uvs, Khovd, Khuvsgul, Bayankhongor, Sukhbaatar and Dornod provinces as remote regions, and 87 districts of Gobi-Altai, Bayankhongor, Sukhbaatar, Uvurkhangai, Uvs, Dundgobi, Dornogobi, Gobisumber and Umnugobi provinces as being in the Gobi region. They have been so identified on the basis of their distance from Ulaanbaatar, cost of living, social and economic amenities, and climate.
The draft proposes that state employees working there be paid 20% extra salary every month and six months’ extra salary after five years’ employment. It also wants all imports through border points of Bayan-Ulgii, Khovd, Uvs, Zavkhan, Dornod, Gobi-Altai, Sukhbaatar and Umnugobi provinces to be exempted from paying excise tax to make life there easier.
Source: News.mn
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