2021. április 23., péntek

Taking land?

They say – quite infamous actually – that a warlord once said that if you deplume a peasant in the evening, its feathers grow back out until the morning. This, especially the second part of it, is becoming less and less appropriate for smaller farm holders and agricultural workers.

Illustration (Photo: Edvárd Molnár)
Illustration (Photo: Edvárd Molnár)

This is due to the new Pension Insurance Act, accepted approximately six years ago, which forces the payment of the same pension insurance on every member of a household – apart from the health insurance – be it one which ownes two or fifty acres of land. The smaller households, when out of money, simply stopped paying. Then the tax officers appeared and mortgaged the land. The interests usually doubled the owed sum. Just a couple of days ago, the media was full of the news that a peasant’s land got auctioned to pay the man’s debt. We looked into the case, and found that all this happened quite some time ago, and, although the mortgaging was true, the auctioning was not.

 The Act could not be called ideal neither (perhaps it actually got accepted for depluming), but – thanks to the unyielding persuasion of Hungarian representatives – it was modified since then, and from the beginning of last year, only one person is obliged to pay the pension insurance from each family. Between April and June this year, it was also possible to reorganize the payment of the debt, and who regularly pays his obligations, is excused of paying interests. Now they are working on further modifying the Act, ultimately having the goal that only the bigger estates, that is, according to income, should pay the pension insurance, along with having the opportunity to make the payment periodically.

 One thing is obvious: it’s far more easer to accept a bad law, than to modify it. Moreso, as last year a work group was established from the members of Ministries, to line out and suggest viable solutions to peasants. Unfortunately, this work was interrupted by the elections, and the politicians do not seem to be in a hurry. Peasants pray each night for no more elections in the near future.