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Belarus may abolish 'social parasite' law if it proves ineffective

The decree on the prevention of social dependency will remain in force, but the identified deficiencies will be removed from it. The first results of the fight against parasitism in Belarus were summed up on December 6 at the meeting hosted by the head of state.

The Government has made proposals to amend the document. At the moment, 9,500 people have paid the 'fee for unemployed'.

4,000 did it voluntarily, after the document came into force. In total, 73,000 notices were sent to Belarusians.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that able-bodied citizens must work, because the state bears the costs of health care and other social guarantees. And everyone has the right to use them, without exception, including the so-called parasites (those who don't work officially and does not pay taxes). The task of the Government is to ensure that people are employed.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
There were suggestions almost to reject this decree: a lot of criticism; they said it is difficult to administer this tax and many other questions. Then I said that we still need to see what the results would be. More than a year has passed. We now more or less see the positive aspects of this document. Are there disadvantages? Well, let's correct them. If we failed back then and if nothing can be done, we will cancel it. Different options are possible. Once again I want to emphasize that I am concerned and worried that those unemployed officially and those who don't pay taxes still use health care, the benefits, free services. I am most worried about people's reaction to idlers. I remember from Soviet times how it is when a person does not do anything while others around work and sweat. I know how workaholics react to that. Those who are able to work must work. They must work to earn for themselves, their families, their children and benefit the country by paying taxes.

Belarus may abolish 'social parasite' law if it proves ineffective