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MOSCOW, May 22 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that the current structure of the government meets the set tasks. The Cabinet structure was mainly preserved to begin immediately the work on the priority tasks, Medvedev said at a meeting with the Open Government on Tuesday.
“Any even perfect structure, if it envisages major changes to become viable, takes a year. No government has this year,” the premier noted. “It is needed to begin working now, settle ordinary current tasks, carry out reforms, which are ripen in the economy and the social sector,” he added.
“This is why the government structure looks so, I believe that it will meet fully those tasks, which should be settled,” Medvedev explained.
The premier noted that he convened a meeting on the next day after the formation of the government, so that the expert council “will engage in the work as soon as possible.” “I hope that the expert council will become the key element in the Open Government system and will help the government to fulfil efficiently its official duties,” the prime minister noted, recalling that he voiced Monday the key tasks for the Cabinet for next six months.
The prime minister named the top priority at the first meeting with a new Cabinet the approval of the main set of programs for country’s development, five of which are to be developed starting from January 1, 2013. Medvedev called the demographic program as one of the priority programs.
The second task is to submit a three-year budget in the parliament for 2013-2015. The budget should set maximum budgetary expenditures.
Medvedev called as the third task higher salaries to budget-financed workers according to the previous decisions. The previous decisions in other industries, the so-called roadmaps should also be fulfilled. The premier named this trend of work as the fourth task.
Medvedev also urged to work closely on the reform of the public service, including contests for the replacement of the posts in the executive authorities.
Medvedev named as the sixth task the privatization of the stakes of the state-run companies according to the approved schedule.
Meanwhile, the premier urged to conduct regular debates on draft resolutions of the government within public councils, which all authorities should have.