In the first five months of 2011, the budget revenues exceeded more than UAH 5 billion, and by the end of the year additional revenues will amount to more than UAH 14 billion (USD 1 - UAH 7.97). The government decided to allocate these funds to increase salaries to state employees, primarily doctors and teachers, Deputy Prime Minister/Social Policy Minister Serhiy Tihipko has said, UKRINFORM reported.

According to Tihipko, the lowest paid category of social workers will most benefit from a salary rise. "Almost one-third increase in salaries for employees of kindergartens and institutions of social protection. Salaries of medics assisting TB patients will rise by 67%. We will also expand the list of teachers who will receive a 20 percent premium to the basic salary," the official emphasized.

The government has decided to increase payments to medical graduates who will work in rural areas - their salary will be nearly UAH 5,000. Additionally, the Cabinet will increase premiums for long-service of social workers.

Apart from this, the government will reduce the budget deficit by UAH 3.5 billion.

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