Lump sum benefits have been paid to 5214 persons who have been released from serving punishment in penitentiary institutions, in need of medical and social assistance by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in 2017.
According to the relevant legislation, lump sum cash benefits in the amount of 4 times of the minimum wage are paid to persons of this category. According to the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated December 25, 2017, in connection with the determination of the minimum monthly wage at AZN 130 from January 1, 2018 in our country, the amount of this lump sum benefits increased by 12.06 percent and reached to AZN 520.
In accordance with the Joint Action Plan of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population and the Ministry of Justice, organization of vocational training in penitentiary institutions continued in 2017. Last year, 14 vocational training courses on professions in accordance with the requirements of the labour market were organized in vocational training bases of more than 10 penal institutions in the country. 200 persons who are on the eve of completing the period of punishment in the mentioned institutions have been involved in these courses. Construction painter, electric gas welder, car repairman, carpenter-joiner and other professions were taught in the courses and after graduating from the courses, they received professional certificates.
Overall, as a continuation of the implementation of the Action Plan, only in the last five years, i.e. during the 2013-2017, 780 persons who are on the eve of completing the period of punishment in the penitentiary institutions have been involved in vocational training.
The purpose of these courses is to provide conditions for these people to access the labour market and employment opportunities through the newly acquired occupations after their release from penitentiary institutions. The employment of persons released from penitentiary institutions is provided in the workplace allocated on quota, along with other citizens who are in need of special social protection and have difficulty in finding jobs.