Work is underway to introduce a new benefit for village leaders. “This function is not an entitlement to be covered by social insurance, and the term of office is not included in the period of employment. Thus, the effort made by village leaders for the benefit of the rural community is not adequately rewarded” – indicated the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. PLN 300 a month is to go to village leaders who have been in office for two terms and have reached retirement age.
It is about a draft act on cash benefits for performing the function of a village administrator prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture. “There is no remuneration for performing the function of a village leader. This function is not an entitlement to social insurance coverage, and the term of office is not included in the period of employment. Thus, the effort made by village heads for the benefit of the rural community is not adequately rewarded” – it was written. in the list.
Responsibilities of village leaders and salary proposal
It was indicated that the most common duties of the village head included organizing village meetings and implementing their resolutions, managing communal and communal property, collecting local taxes or delivering tax orders. The village head also organizes social and cultural life in the village. He performs all these tasks on a voluntary basis, apart from his professional activity. It is reported that the bill provides for the possibility of granting a cash benefit for performing the function of a village administrator in the amount of PLN 300 per month. For this period, the requirement to perform the function for at least two terms of office was adopted. Another criterion for receiving the benefit is to be the age entitling to receive the benefit. It is proposed to grant the benefit after reaching the age of 60 in the case of women, and 65 in the case of men. The benefit will be paid by KRUS at the request of the entitled person. The planned date of adoption of the project by the Council of Ministers is the second quarter of 2023.
Amendment of the act – details
In mid-March, a parliamentary (PiS) draft amendment to the regulations was submitted to the Sejm, it is about changing the act on commune self-government. The proposed solutions are identical to the Ministry’s project. “The main purpose of the draft act is to grant the long-awaited benefit to village leaders who have reached retirement age and have served as village heads for at least 2 terms” – reads the justification for the draft. It was also indicated that “the planned benefit is aimed at appreciating the village leaders who, by performing this extremely socially desirable function, contributed for many years to the development and activation of the local community.”
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