Lawmakers Question Gov't on Welfare, Labor Policy During Interpellation

Write : 2015-02-27 19:13:33 Update : 2015-02-27 19:13:53

Lawmakers Question Gov't on Welfare, Labor Policy During Interpellation

On the final day of the National Assembly's three-day interpellation session on Friday, lawmakers have questioned the administration on wasting the welfare budget and measures on non-regular workers.

Yun Jae-ok of the ruling Saenuri Party said that more than 60 billion won of the welfare budget was wasted because some deceased people were erroneously stated as living during the process of building the integrated social welfare management network.

Ryu Ji-young of the ruling party also criticized that the government has only been releasing regulations to prevent child abuse in day care centers, such as requiring such facilities to install CCTVs.

Woo Won-shik of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) has called for withdrawal of the measures on non-regular workers, saying that extending the time period non-regular workers can work for companies will only boost non-regular workers in the country.

Kim Tae-nyeon of the NPAD criticized that the government has virtually raised taxes for low-income earners amid the hike in cigarette prices and the year-end tax settlement turmoil, while Nam In-soon urged the government to come up with measures on nursing teachers at day care centers, noting that they work an average of nine-point-five hours a day, but they get an average monthly wage of merely one-point-33-million won.

In response, Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo said the government will come up with comprehensive measures to prevent wasting of the welfare budget and discuss ways to improve how nursing teachers are treated. 

But Lee said the withdrawal of measures on non-regular workers have to be approached cautiously. 

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