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MOSCOW, February 13 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in an article published by the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper on Monday that over the next five or six years, the salary of teachers, doctors, scientists and other public sector employees should be raised up to 200 percent from the average one in the economy. “From September 1, 2012, labor remuneration for teachers of state universities will be raised to the average wage in the region,” the article says. “And in the period of 2013 – 2018 the average salary of professors and university teachers will be gradually increased twice more to reach 200 percent of the economy’s average.” Putin also noted that the increased wage should be provided at once to those, who have scientific results and are respected by students and graduates.
As for resources for the fulfillment of this task (according to the prime minister’s estimates, 1.5 percent of GDP per year), they should be provided by the state through a regular increase in the standard financing of higher education programs. And university rectors will be directly responsible for the fulfillment of this task. “We will include the corresponding indicators in their contracts,” Putin promised.
According to him, the wages of teachers of colleges and vocational schools, masters of vocational training and other educators, doctors, paramedical personnel, scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and state scientific research centers, the staff of cultural institutions will also be gradually increased in a similar way to an efficacy level. In addition, for physicians and scientific employees the wage targets for 2018 have been set the same as for higher educational institutions’ teachers - 200 percent from the average in the region.
To make the work of state-paid workers efficient, the Russian prime minister proposed to introduce a mandatory declaration of their income. “Ultimately, wages must be paid not for the fact of belonging to a particular institution, but for a real contribution to science, education, health, culture, for the provision of specific services to the society and citizens,” he concluded. “For the heads of universities, medical and scientific institutions that are financed from the budget, it is necessary to introduce the mandatory income declaration, by analogy with the earlier decisions on state corporations.”