Turkish govt to pay salaries of Van earthquake victims

Çelik stated on Tuesday that the government will be helping businesses affected by Sunday’s earthquake in Van by paying their workers’ salaries for a period of up to six months.

Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik stated on Tuesday that the government will be helping businesses affected by Sunday’s earthquake in Van by paying their workers’ salaries for a period of up to six months.

Prior to a meeting with Germany’s Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Integration Guntram Schneider in Ankara, Minister Çelik gave a speech to the press. Çelik said that the government will be assisting businesses in the area affected by the earthquake with payments of TL 500 to TL 1,200 for each of their workers for up to six months. Çelik added that each ministry is doing ıts part to help the people of Van.

A similar earthquake in 1999 killed 17,000 and placed a huge economic burden on the shoulders of the coalition government of the time, which was already struggling with domestic economic troubles. Most observers attributed the economic crises of 2000 and 2001 partially to the effects of the 1999 earthquake.

A statement from the Labor and Social Security Ministry on Monday said that people affected by the earthquake in Van will not be required to pay monthly premiums to Social Insurance for the Self-Employed (BAĞ-KUR) for one year.

Industry Minister Nihat Ergün had said on Monday that Turkey will provide support for small businesses affected by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake, which left some 450 dead. Ergün added that the Turkish state has enough resources to repair the damage.

Although there is no official estimate of the financial losses that will result from the quake, the government will spend hundreds of millions of dollars cleaning up and rebuilding settlements in the eastern province.

 

Cihan

25 October 2011 Tuesday