MOSCOW, September 29 (Itar-Tass) — A two-day Social Forum of Russia opens here on Thursday. Participants in the forum are to discuss matters concerning the development of health care and youth policy, and work out effective approaches to the modernization of the social welfare sector. The forum is held under the auspices of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (PCRF) and the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development (MHSD).
On the first day of the forum proceedings, there will be four plenasry sessions for discussions on the modernization of the family policy, the development of civil society, and problems of Russian education, a PCRF official has told Itar-Tass.
Russian Vice-Premier Alexander Zhukov, Minister of Health and Social Development Tatiana Golikova, Minister of Education and Science Andrei Fursenko, as well as PCTF members, among them Yevgeny Velikhov, Mikhail Ostrovsky, Yelena Nikolayeva, and Iosif Diskin, will take part in the discussions.
In the opinion of PCRF members, "The forum will make it possible to find ways for resolving acute social problems". Nikolayeva said, "We expect productive work. We want the forum not only be a floor for discussions but, what is the main thing, work out definite steps towards solving social problems. We believe that it is really essential to find a new model for the country's social policy, for the one that we have now can hardly be described as an effective one. The existing (social policy) model has been inherited from the Soviet Union and it has run out of date now"
"A joint project of the PCRF and the MHSD, the 'Social Card of of Russia', will be introduced at the forum," Nikolayeva added. "This will be an interactive Internet portal which is designed to help the population to get full information on social services," she pointed out.