According to the Deputy Minister of Finance, currently, the number of families receiving social benefits from the state is 1 million 260 thousand.
At a press conference on the preliminary calculations of the cost of minimum consumption expenditures in Uzbekistan, Deputy Minister of Finance Jamshid Abruyev touched upon the issues of social assistance to low-income families in the country.
“In 2015, the amount of funds allocated from the state budget for social protection in relation to the GDP amounted to 0.7%. In 2020, this figure reached 1.4%, which means that the expenditures from the state budget for social protection have doubled.
At the beginning of 2020, the number of families receiving social benefits was 560,000. Today, their number has reached 1 million 260 thousand. This means that one in every six families in the country and one in every four families in remote areas receive state support in the form of social benefits,” Jamshid Abruyev said.
Earlier, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Ilhom Norkulov said that a family of six should earn at least 2.64 million soums a month.
It should be recalled that the minimum consumer spending in Uzbekistan was estimated at 440,000 soums per capita.