The agenda: Budgetary allocations to increase the salaries of public sector employees, support for the Russian regions that have implemented the regional investment standard, the federal coordinator of northern delivery, and prizes for the winners of the Best Municipal Practice nationwide competition.
Mikhail Mishustin’s opening remarks:
Good afternoon, colleagues.
Today the Government’s agenda includes an entire range of issues on assistance to Russian regions.
The President has set the task of ensuring an increase of salaries in the public sector. The Government has been carrying out this work consistently. Over the last two months, about 31 billion roubles have been allocated for this, which made it possible to increase the salaries of employees in federal cultural, scientific, medical, and educational institutions.
Today we will distribute an additional 5.5 billion. This will help to fully meet obligations to public sector employees, taking into account the May executive orders of the President.
The funds will also be used to pay monthly benefits for the birth and upbringing of a child.
The decision made will make it possible to further support our people.
On to the next issue.
The President noted that in order to create a sustainable economy, it is necessary to increase productive forces across the board, build up the service sector, and create new industrial capacities based on advanced technologies.
To encourage businesses to expand their activities, the Government has implemented a mechanism to encourage investment activity. It has been up and running for three years now and has performed well. The main thing is that it makes it possible to reduce the amount of income tax for certain types of activities, and the state partially reimburses the income lost from the regions’ budgets arising from these deductions. To do this, you need to confirm that the regional investment standard has been implemented in your territory. This tool lowers the costs involved when companies acquire or upgrade fixed assets. Accordingly, they reduce the costs of the project and can implement it faster.
Last year, 19 Russian regions received support. This year there are already 32 of them, including the Krasnodar Territory, and the Rostov, Chelyabinsk and Vladimir regions. Today we will allocate over 2.5 billion roubles for these purposes.
Next on the agenda. We continue to work energetically on the development of the Arctic regions. An important part of the process is the strict implementation of northern delivery schedules, timely delivery of vital cargo to areas where there are seasonal logistics restrictions and problems.
These territories can be found in 21 Russian regions, and in some of them road transportation is unavailable for months. But they still need fuel, medicine, food, and other products in demand by residents.
The President especially noted that the Arctic must be supplied with all necessary goods and services in full, including in order to guarantee price stability in these populated areas.
In line with the President’s instructions, a federal law has become developed that fully defines the responsibilities of those making the decisions. It was signed this summer and comes into effect in April 2024. But, of course, it is time to get ready for the upcoming season right now.
So, today we will consider the issue of vesting the Ministry for the Development of the Far East and Arctic with the powers of the federal coordinator of northern deliveries.
It will be engaged in formulating its plan, approving the route, scheduling ships that are involved in regular coastal shipping, as well as monitoring the delivery of goods.
We hope that this will improve and monitor the supply of products that people need in these territories, ensuring a prompt response to emergencies and providing additional assistance to the regions.
At a meeting on Monday, the deputy prime ministers and I discussed in detail the results of the Best Municipal Practice nationwide competition. It has proven to be an effective tool through which municipal management teams, together with residents, can resolve pressing issues for their communities. And they participate in shaping the appearance of these localities.
This year, over 1,300 applications were submitted, coming from almost all regions of the country.
As a result, 49 municipalities became winners. Half of them are rural settlements, which is very important: Singapai in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, the village of Ommi in the Khabarovsk Territory, and the Kosh-Agach rural settlement in the Altai Republic.
Under the terms of the competition, the winners will receive cash prizes for the further development of their territories, which is also very important.
Today we will consider sending 850 million roubles to 33 Russian regions for these purposes.
We hope that events such as this competition will be an excellent incentive for officials and individuals to take an active part in the life of their municipal and city districts and settlements in Russia.