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On 12 December 2014, on air at the Georgian Public Broadcaster, the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Nodar Khaduri, stated: "The wages of the Ministers have decreased two or three times… The remuneration of the Deputy Ministers has also decreased."

FactCheck

took interest in these statements and verified their accuracy.

The Law of Georgia on Public Service determines the types of remuneration. The remuneration includes wage, bonus and legal surplus (surplus for position, secret surplus and so on). FactCheck wrote about the issue of surpluses earlier as well (link 1, link 2).

We requested information about the wages of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers from various Ministries. We received the requested information from only 11 Ministries, two of which (from the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture) were incomplete.

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 80,800 73,000 90,000 77,400
First Deputy Minister 60,300 57,300 63,800 60,800
Deputy Minister 54,000 48,100 54,400 57,000

Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia 

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 85,000 67,000 90,000 71,000
First Deputy Minister 74,000 73,000 74,000 73,000
Deputy Minister 70,000 67,000 71,000 60,000

Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 92,000 92,000 90,000 75,000 (11 months)
First Deputy Minister 77,000 94,500

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39,300 (9 months)
Deputy Minister 70,400 85,500 68,640 49,000 (11 months)

Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia 

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 41,500 41,500 94,000 81,250
First Deputy Minister 52,400 48,000 44,000 57,500
Deputy Minister 66,500 55,000 41,000 53,000

Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 84,500 73,900 90,165 75,000
First Deputy Minister 70,800 62,000 60,460 59,000
Deputy Minister 65,300 57,140 61,700 65,500

Ministry of Energy of Georgia

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 95,000 103,000 90,000 75,000
First Deputy Minister 108,000 115,000 - -
Deputy Minister 82,000 107,000 97,900 102,700

Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia 

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 121,400 102,800 92,000 75,000
First Deputy Minister 81,250 76,000 70,300 42,700
Deputy Minister 75,650 72,700 69,300 74,650

Ministry of Defence of Georgia

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 59,700 54,000 125,500 105,000
First Deputy Minister 113,400 107,200 87,318 94,000
Deputy Minister 96,000 75,000 75,000 75,000

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia 

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 90,000 88,500 85,830 85,000
First Deputy Minister 85,500 78,650 75,225 79,650
Deputy Minister 68,300 80,000 73,000 68,000
  Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia

2011

2012

2013

2014

Minister 54,200 85,800 86,300 72,500

Ministry of Finance of Georgia
2011 2012 2013

2014

Minister 112,000 99,400 90,000 75,000
 

Conclusion

The statistics provided by ten different Ministries make clear that in seven out of ten cases, the wages of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers decreased slightly in 2013 and 2014 as compared to 2011 and 2012. In none of the aforementioned Ministries did the wages of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers decrease two or three times. In addition, the wages of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia and the Minister of Defence of Georgia have almost been doubled. The wage of the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia has also increased.

Hence, Nodar Khaduri’s statement: "The wages of the Ministers have decreased two or three times… The remuneration of the Deputy Ministers has also decreased," is FALSE.