The average pension is about 700-800 thousand Uzbek sum (66-76 dollars). Of course, it is very difficult to live on this amount for a whole month.
The pensioners who live only on pension cannot afford almost anything. So, 200 thousand Uzbek sum (19 dollars) are required to pay for public utilities.
In December 2020, the Federation of Consumer Rights Protection Societies of Uzbekistan calculated the consumer basket based on statistical data, global experience and results of studies in the form of social surveys of people. As a result, the amount was nearly 2 million 157 thousand Uzbek sum, which is three times more than the average pension.
It is worth mentioning that in Uzbekistan the pension is not pegged to the subsistence line or the minimum subsistence basket because such notions are not legally referred to in the law of the republic.
In January 2020, Dzhamshid Kuchkarov, deputy prime minister for financial and economic issues and poverty reduction, once explained why it was so. According to him, the officially declared subsistence line will lead to the conflict of laws.
“If we declare this value (subsistence line – editor’s note), it will lead to the constitutional abuse because pensions and benefits may not be under the subsistence line. We will have to increase [benefits and pensions], but we cannot do this now,” Kuchkarov said then.