After the agreement with President Lacalle Pou, in the Executive Tower, the Minister of National Defense, Javier García, reported that for the third time the Government included in the Budget Law and in the Rendering of Accounts incremental and additional items for the members of the Armed Forces with lower salaries. In this way, the military began a salary recovery that had been postponed, he indicated.
García valued as very positive the salary increases planned for military personnel, which will reach junior officials and the first ranks of the officer corps. To the 520 million pesos earmarked for this purpose by the Executive Power, the Chamber of Deputies added another 400 million pesos more, he explained.
The minister recalled that 2022 is the third consecutive year in which incremental items are provided for the Armed Forces, after the 2020 Budget Law, the Accountability of the same year and that of 2021 included provisions that formalized these items.
The increases will be sustainable beyond the current presidential term, continued the hierarch. “They are the public servants furthest behind in salary terms,” Indian.
Likewise, he appreciated that the soldiers are at the disposal of the Government to carry out various tasks, including prison and border surveillance, support in the event of climatic phenomena such as floods and tornadoes, as well as caring for homeless people.
García stressed that the benefited sector comes from the most popular classes in Uruguay, and that many times it was not considered. They are currently beginning a salary recovery “so many times postponed”, he pointed out.
In another order, the minister specified that the National Navy is undergoing a renewal process, since it will soon incorporate three river patrol boats from the United States. In addition, he recalled that repair work began at the Fray Bentos naval base, to accommodate these vehicles, among other functions, and mentioned that the ministry began the process of purchasing ocean-going vessels.