Friday wrap-up: Increased gasoline prices, demand in salary supplements and ore deposits
The week of 1-4 June in Azerbaijan saw an increase inn gasoline prices, doctors demanding salary supplements and ore deposit allocations to Turkish companies.
Gasoline prices in Azerbaijan on the rise
Prices for AI-95 and AI-98 gasoline went up in Azerbaijan on 2 June. The costs for AI-95 gasoline, which has been imported the country since 2014, has increased from 1.25 AZN to 1.40 AZN, while the price of AI-98 gasoline increased from 1.40 AZN to 1.55 AZN.
Economist Natig Jafarli, whom Meydan TV spoke to, claimed that the increase in the gasoline prices in Azerbaijan has nothing to do with changes in global market prices but is based on the “monopoly” of SOCAR in the country.
Doctors in Mingachevir demand salary supplements
This week on Monday, we published an article on doctors working with coronavirus patients demanding salary supplements. Doctors working at the Mingachevir Emergency and Urgent Care Station say they have not received salary supplements for over a year.
The doctors said that after ambulance doctors in Baku protested, they hoped their supplements would be paid. But as time passed, they realized nothing was changing.
The Mingachevir Ambulance Station declined to comment on the issue.
Operations of three ore deposits in Kalbajar were granted to Turkish companies for 30 years
According to a new decree signed by Ilham Aliyev on 29 May, Azerbaijan's Gashgachay, Elbaydash and Agduzdag ore deposits have been granted to Turkish mining companies for a period of 30 years.
Kalbajar is one of the regions in Azerbaijani territory that the country regained control of as part of the agreement to end the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War. Turkish arms support during the war helped Azerbaijan gain an upper hand.
Farmers bemoan rotting crops due to Russian border backups
Recently, Azerbaijani farmers from Khachmaz, Goychay, Guba, Goranboy and Jalilabad have been protesting on social networks.
They note that the demand for their products in the local market is not high, as everyone in the region is engaged in farming, albeit in small numbers. Bringing the crops to Baku, on the other hand, is often not cost-effective, and requires informal connections, stating, "only someone with connections can go there. Or you have to give half of what you earn so that they will allow it ”.
The main problem stems from the Samur Customs Post at the Russian border.
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