CHP deputy: Gov’t brags about projects to conceal small business crisis

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has been boasting about social facilities it has built in various provinces in order to draw attention away from the problems that small businesses are facing, opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) deputy Umut Oran said in a written press statement on Sunday.
and”Prior to the election, the AK Party has taken to the stage, employing this andlsquocollective openingand’ theater for the purpose of gaining votes. By claiming to have built thousands of social facilities, it is creating the perception of development while companies, producers and exporters are going out of business one by one,and” the opposition deputy said.
Oran said some of these facilities had already existed, some were recently opened and others are in progress and include imam-hatip high schools, trade schools, gymnasiums and health clinics, among other social amenities. and”These are routine projects that have already been carried out by the state for years,and” wrote Oran, who referred to them as andquotimaginary facilitiesandquot since many of them were not actually new and because providing such amenities is the duty of the government anyway.
According to Oran, more than 226,000 small and medium-sized businesses are in the throes of bankruptcy amid a collective debt of TL 12 billion. Meanwhile, during the first three months of the year, more than 172,000 checks amounting to TL 7.4 billion bounced.
A total of 2.366 million out of 2.924 million small business owners hold premium debt to the Social Insurance for the Self-Employed (Bai-Kur) that they are unable to pay, official figures from earlier this year show.
Those who have not made premium debt payments for more than 60 days cannot receive healthcare services with their Bai-Kur insurance, and this number has risen to 1.3 million, according to the figures.
A mere 558,000 small business owners are without premium debt in an environment that has proved increasingly hostile to craftsmen, tradesmen and other small-scale entrepreneurs. In recent years, the number of small business owners has decreased nationwide, while the number of employees and civil servants has risen.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman