Minister of labor and social protection of the population of RK Birzhan Nurymbetov held a solemn meeting dedicated to the celebration of the Constitution Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Speaking at the event, the head of the Ministry congratulated those present persons on the upcoming state holiday and stressed the role of the Constitution in strengthening the statehood and independence of Kazakhstan, in establishing state institutions and in determining the rights and freedoms of residents of Kazakhstan.
"The Constitution defines that our country is a social state, the highest values of which are the person, his life, rights and freedoms. Nursultan Nazarbayev always emphasized that the most important task of the state was and is – social security of society. More than 20 years have passed since the adoption of the Constitution. During this time, we have adopted laws in the education, health and social protection systems, updated their infrastructure”, - Birzhan Nurymbetov said.
The Minister noted that today the state's investments in the social sphere amount to 7.5 trillion tenge or 53% of the budget expenditures (in 1991 it was 26 million tenge).
"The amount of subsistence minimum has increased more than 8 times (from 3,505 tenge in 1997 to 29,689 tenge in 2019). The minimum wage increased almost 20 times compared to 1997 (2,129 tenge) and amounted to 42,500 tenge from January 1, 2019. The minimum pension increased from 3,000 tenge in 1999 to 52,145 tenge in 2019. The maximum pension paid at the expense of budgetary funds amounted to 116 811 tenge. More than 2 million people receive a pension in the country. The average size of state social benefits from 1999 to 2019 has increased 12 times, or from 3 513 to 41 184 tenge. The recipients of benefits are more than 1.6 million people", - the head of the MLSPP RK added.
Birzhan Nurymbetov also recalled that during the first decade of independence, the number of employees decreased by almost half (from 7.4 million to 3.9 million people), in the middle of 90s about 1 million people were unemployed, the level of general unemployment reached to 13.5%.
"Thanks to timely adopted measures, the unemployment rate in the country today does not exceed 4.8% and the number of employees is 6.7 million people. We have achieved all this through joint efforts and joint work. First of all, our success was ensured by the Constitution, which is designed to protect every citizen of Kazakhstan," the Minister concluded.
Member of the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alibek Temerbekov also made a congratulatory speech.
In a solemn ceremony there was awarding the medal "For contribution to the development of the Eurasian economic union," to Vice-Minister of labor and social protection of the population of RK Svetlana Zhakupova and diploma of the Central election commission to the winner of the republican campaign among young civil servants on knowledge of the constitutional foundations of the electoral legislation to Beibit Kundyzbaev – the main expert of department of legal service of the MLSPP RK.
During the event, 12 first class pupils from among the children of employees of the Ministry were awarded school supplies purchased at the expense of the trade union organization of MLSPP RK.
The solemn meeting ended with the adoption of the oath of newly admitted administrative civil servants and a concert program.