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VLADIVOSTOK, October 27 (Itar-Tass) — One million roubles and housing are to be provided for every young specialist wishing to move to the countryside, First Vice-Premier Igor Shuvalov said Thursday during a tour of districts of the Primorsky (maritime) Territory (PT).
"This relocatiton allowance and real property will be provided for those specialists who will work in the territory of a municipal unit for at least seven years," the First Vice-Premier explained.
"It seems to me that such a period is a fair one, for, if otherwise, we give them money and provide with housing, whereas they would leave the area at once. When young people will begin to move to villages, agriculture, medicine, and education there will grow stronger and the populated areas will be full of life again," Shuvalov pointed out.
Yet another proposal made by Igor Shuvalov concerns a timeframe for the privatization of land allotments. The First Vice-Premier said vacant lands will be put into possession of Territorial and municipal authorities for a subsequent allocation to farms and private entrepreneurs working in agriculture.
The First Vice-Premier has been in PT on a working tour for a fourth day now. He has already visited the cities of Vladivostok and Ussuirisk, and the Oktyabrsky, Pogranichny, Khanka, and Khorol districts of the Territory.
Shuvalov focuses his attention on increases in tariffs on heating, reconstruction of motor roads, the development of small-scale aviation and border territories, the modernization of the health care system, and on other problems that are of current importance to people in the Far East.
On the strength of the first results of the tour, Shuvalov already gave several assignments to Federal agencies and local administrations. Specifically, he assigned PT Governor Sergei Darkin to provide people in the region with land plots for low-rise construction, and commissioned the administration of Vladivostok to solve within a month the problem of the Defence Ministry's closed-down kindergartens.