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Liberty Times: Stop unfair education subsidy for gov't retirees

Liberty Times: Stop unfair education subsidy for gov't retirees

The Legislative Yuan, while screening the 2010 central government budget bill, passed a resolution demanding that the Cabinet ask all public agencies to stop allocating funds for education subsidies for children of government retirees from next year.
The Executive Yuan, however, ignored the legislature's decision and set aside more than NT$1 billion in its 2011 budget plan to finance the decades-old subsidy program for children of retired civil servants, military personnel and public school teachers.
The Central Personnel Administration argued that scrapping such a benefit could impact the lives of government pensioners and damage the government's credibility.
Such an argument cannot be convincing and is even deceptive. The reality is that the ruling Kuomintang is afraid of a possible backlash from government retirees who have long been its hard-core supporters.
The subsidy clearly violates the principle of social justice.
Most government retirees receive monthly pensions that are much higher than their peers in the private sector and many of them even earn 18-percent interest on their retirement savings accounts. Such a measure violates democratic norms and should not remain valid any longer. (Editorial abstract -- Sept. 10, 2010).
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-06-18 09:51 GMT+08:00