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RYAZAN, October 19 (Itar-Tass) — An inauguration ceremony of Governor Oleg Kovalev, who won at the gubernatorial elections on October 14, was held here on Friday. He was presented with a badge of governor at a festive ceremony in the presence of the deputies of the regional legislature and public figures. Russian Presidential Plenipotentiary Representative in the Central Federal District Alexander Beglov read out a welcome address to the newly elected governor from the Russian president.
“The main task of the regional government is to bring the Ryazan Region on a higher level of development,” Kovalev said at the inauguration ceremony. “There are all prerequisites for this, namely a firm economic and social base, an active and responsible civil society and the support from residents of the region,” he noted. The regional authorities are to fulfil a five-year program of development in the region that was made public before the elections and that “was supplemented with the initiatives, which people had made during its national debates,” the governor noted.
At the gubernatorial elections Oleg Kovalev gained 64.43% of votes of eligible voters in the region. “Our plans are based on the developed complex program of development in the Ryazan Region until 2017,” he told Itar-Tass after his election on this post. “Its main goal is to increase the wellbeing of people and provide comfortable conditions for the life in the region,” Kovalev remarked.
This will be done thanks to efficient development of traditional and the creation of new industries in the economy and a qualified budget policy, he said. Under this program the region is planning to increase the budget revenues up to 60 billion roubles that will make it possible to provide worthy social guarantees to people and cut the amount of subsidies in order to pass to a deficit-free budget. The governor noted that the production industries and agriculture will remain the locomotives of growth, “which should be put on a qualitatively new, modern level of development.”