MOSCOW, March 22 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has proposed to form “roadmaps” for the priority spheres of work that he outlined in his election articles. All of the roadmaps should be provided with budget funding, the prime minister said at a meeting on the implementation of tasks outlined in his policy articles.
“During the recent presidential election campaign, some issues were concretised and described in newspaper articles,” Putin said. “The same program for the development of the country until 2020 lies in the heart of all. We need to expand the work to implement the specified tasks, and I would like to talk today about the so-called ‘roadmaps’ that we must adopt in order to practically get down to the fulfilment of all the tasks set forth.”
Putin stressed that all his proposals were based on the citizens’ demands and that is why they have been approved by the population. Putin proposed to the ministers who gathered for the meeting to talk about sources of funding. He added that it is important and relevant at the present moment, since the government has begun to form a new three-year budget.
“All of our proposals and programs in the economy, in the social sphere, in infrastructure, in the defence and security sphere must be provided with the necessary financial resources,” the prime minister said. He stressed that, despite the fact that “we will need considerable funds to implement the tasks I’m referring to, we will proceed from the absolute priority of the compliance with the macroeconomic indicators.”
According to Putin, considerable monetary resources will be received by means of “a more correct definition of priorities, by improving the efficiency of budget expenditures, reduction of those costs that are not a priority, that can be delayed or even eliminated.” “We need to be more economical regarding the use of state resources, and this can be done,” Putin said, adding that the preliminary analysis shows that in a number of economy sectors the state resources are still spent ineffectively. “I think there are very large reserves here,” the prime minister stressed. “We will be attracting private investments, creating the conditions for their attraction.”
According to the Russian government head, the task is not only to use the colossal amounts of money, it is necessary to achieve a new quality of education, healthcare, defence and security. “The money should be appropriated in exchange for reforms, should work for raising efficiency,” Putin concluded.