On works performed within 2014 year by the State Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Affairs of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
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Solution of social problems of internally displaced persons
During the year 2014, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed 1 Decree regarding the field, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted 14 resolutions and orders, National Assembly (Milli Majlis) passed 1 Law.
Within the years 2004-2014, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with the internally displaced persons 28 times in the newly built settlements, including 3 times in 2014.
On January 20, 2014, Mr.Ilham Aliyev attended the opening ceremony of residential complex consisting of 5-storey 25 residential buildings settled for 1500 IDP families in Ganja city with all the necessary social-technical infrastructural facilities, on August 6, 2014 in the opening of newly built settlement for 632 IDP families in Aghdam region and on November 14, 2014 in the opening of newly built settlement for 600 IDP families in Goygol region (According to the Law No 518-IVQ, dated on December 21, 2012 of the Republic of Azerbaijan, that area was entered in the administrative territory of Ganja city).
In 2014, 6 new settlements and blocks were built for 632 IDP families in Aghdam region, for 320 IDP families in Beylagan region, for 600 IDP families in Ganja city, for 230 IDP families in Saatli region, for 200 IDP families in Garadagh region and one residential complex consisting of 11 nine storey residential buildings was settled for 594 families in Mingechevir city.
At the same time, dwelling houses consisting of five-story buildings were built for 45 families in Balaken region, 240 families in the Mushvigabad settlement of Garadagh region, 160 families in the Ramana settlement of Absheron region.
Also, 950 families and 262 families settled temporarily in «Ganli Gol» area of Yasamal district were moved to the new apartments in connection with necessary state needs through the Ministry of Finance, the construction of 111 half built houses for Meskhetian Turks was completed.
During the year 7 new residential complexes with 270 thousand square meters, schools for 2288 pupils were constructed, also 6 kindergartens, 6 medical centres, 5 clubs - community centres, 5 administrative buildings were built and put to use, 51,0 km roadway, 96,0 km water pipeline, 136,0 km power line, 86,0 km gas pipeline were laid, 14 reservoirs of different capacity, 9 pump stations, 16 complete transformer substations were constructed and 59 high-voltage transformers were installed.
So, in 2014 the living and housing conditions of 4450 families and 22 thousand internally displaced persons were improved.
Generally, during the years of 2001-2014, 89 modern settlements with social and technical infrastructure, covering the total area of 2,8 million square meter were built in more than 30 cities and regions of the Republic at the expense of funds allocated by the State Oil Fund and other resources. 84 or 94 percent out of them with dwelling area of 2.5 million square meter were constructed in the last 11 years.
Thus, housing and living conditions of 46 thousand families and 230 thousand internally displaced persons have been improved so far and 42 thousand families or 210 thousand (91%) of them account for the last 11 year.
Totally the funds of 5.1 billion manats have been spent so far for the social protection of refugees and IDPs. 2.3 billion manats of these funds have been provided from the state budget, 1.8 billion manats by the State Oil Fund and 1,0 billion manats by international financial institutions and international organizations operating in Azerbaijan.
86 percent of these funds or 4,4 billion manats were used in the last 11 years.
The funds of 93 million manats allocated in 2014 for the public utilities used by IDPs were paid directly to the service organizations through the treasury in the manner centralized for actual consumption under the established norms.
The funds in the amount of 118,2 million manats allocated from state budget for the payment of food cost allowance for 2014 were given to IDPs through ATMs.
Ministry, committee, company, concern and joint-stock companies assisted IDPs different aids worth 6, 0 million manat on various holidays.
In autumn-winter seasons (October, November, December, January and February) 40 litre kerosene was provided for 42 thousand IDPs families at the expense of 5,4 million manats approved for the purchase of stove fuel.
The payment of average monthly salary of about 11 thousand internally displaced persons previously worked in enterprises, organizations funded from the budget, deprived of workplaces and not recruited due to reasons beyond their control was continued.
Repair works was carried out in the 56 facilities settled temporarily by the IDPs.
Under the «Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) Living Standards and Livelihoods Support»Project implemented in accordance with the Loan Agreement concluded between the Azerbaijani Government and the World Bank 73 community microproject benefiting 50 thousand persons and with the value of 4,2 million manats was performed by IDP Social Development Fund of Azerbaijan Republic during 2014 and capital repairs were completed in 46 facilities densely settled by IDPs.
21684 persons were issued IDP card.
In 2014, temporary settlement facilities were supplied with 43 power transforms of various types, 42 artesian and other water pump, 8240 meter power cable, 71,0 thousand meter power conductor and other auxiliary equipment and materials by the State Committee for Affairs of Refugees and IDPs.
Various humanitarian and development projects were implemented as a result of transparent, free and sustainable condition created for 42 international, 45 local humanitarian organizations of which activities are coordinated annually by Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Aid.
In the dense temporary settlements 430 IDPs were provided with permanent, 1500 IDPs with seasonal work. As a result of mutual interaction with Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, 1787 were provided with permanent works, 403 were given the status of unemployment, 513 were appointed to the unemployment benefits, 513 were involved in vocational training courses. 369 persons were involved in vocational training courses, 298 in public works on the base of requirements of labor market, 8700 were provided with targeted social insurance.
Under the program of the National Fund for Entrepreneurship Support of Ministry of Economy and Industry of the Azerbaijan Republic, 7,7 million manats of preferential loans were granted to the financing of investment project of entrepreneurship subjects of 317 internally displaced persons and as a result, 545 new workplaces were opened.
Under the Loan Agreement between the World Bank and the Azerbaijani Government («IDPs Economic Development Support Project») 561 persons, including 491 IDPs have been granted microcredit with the total amount of 800 thousand manats.
In 2014, the amount of funds spent on a displaced person was about 1170 manats. It is the highest rate compared to all conflict zones around the world.
As a result of the measures taken the poverty rate among internally displaced persons decreased to 10 percent.
The meeting was held with over 200 representatives of foreign countries, international financial bodies, humanitarian and the development organization in this field for regular delivery of truth to the world on Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons by the UN Human Rights Council Chaloka Beyani, who visited Azerbaijan from May 18 to 24 held meetings with government agencies, also visited the areas settled by internally displaced persons and at a press conference held at the end of the visit he appreciated state support of internally displaced persons in all fields as a positive case and a good example for other conflict zones and stated that during the visit he witnessed of successful policy pursued and positive results gained by Azerbaijan in the field of improving the living conditions of refugees and internally persons
On September 29-October 3, 2014, the delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the State Committee on Affairs of Refugees and IDPs Mr.Ali Hasanov participated and made a speech in the 65th session of Executive Committee of the High Commissioner in Geneva. During the event the meetings we also held with António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Prime Minister of Somalia Hon.Buri.
The delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the State Committee on Affairs of Refugees and IDPs Mr.Ali Hasanov visited the Islamic Republic of Iran on November 23-27, 2014 at the invitation of the Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social welfare, Mr. Ali Rabie of the Islamic Republic of Iran with a view to develop humanitarian cooperation further between the countries.
Within the framework of visit, the meetings were conducted with the first Vice-President of the country Isaac Jahangiri, Iran's Minister of Communication and Information Technology, co-chairman of the Azerbaijan-Iran intergovernmental commission on trade-economic and humanitarian cooperation Mahmoud Vaezi, Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social welfare, Mr. Ali Rabie, Head of the Imam Khomeini's Relief Committee Mr. Hussein Anvari, Director General of the Red Crescent Society Mirahmad Mousavi and the management of «Бarakatel» Fund.
At the meeting the guests were informed about the historical roots of Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, its results, problems occurred, current state of refugees and internally displaced persons, works done towards the solution of their social problems, views were exchanged on a number of topics of mutual interest and they were given video materials made in various languages, reference books by the Committee regarding Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the improvement of living conditions of refugees and IDPs, reduction of poverty and increasing employment, also the meetings held were highlighted regularly on mass media.
The three-volume book titled “Leyla Aliyeva: "Justice for Khojaly!" (new strategic model against international Armenian terror) written by the writer and publicist, Honoured Journalist Vasif Samadov and Doctor of Philosophy in Political Sciences Rovshan Valizadeh was published by the State Committee on Deals of Refugees and IDPs in exquisite layout and distributed to different state authorities, international and local humanitarian organizations. At the same time, various measures are taken for publishing those books by translating into English, Russian and Arabic languages.
In 2014, more than 70 thousand oral and written application presented by refugees and internally displaced persons to the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan Republic and State Committee on the Affairs of Refugees and IDPs were reviewed, 15 thousand persons were received and more than 80 percent of applications were resolved positively.