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President criticizes ministries for unclear five-year plans

June 07, 2013, 16:07 UTC+3

Putin gave additional three-four weeks to the ministries to improve the plans

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MOSCOW, June 7 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is displeased with the plans of ministries and departments for five years.

During the meeting with vice-premiers, the head of state said he believed the Health and Social Development Ministry, the Culture Ministry and the Federal Customs Service had failed to cope with the task.

There are too many unclear formulations in the documents. But just to wish a "light future" is not enough, Putin said.

In his view, a concrete picture clear for citizens is needed to show what changes will take place in a specific sector in a year, two or five years, what changes will have an effect on wellbeing and the quality of life of people, he noted.

Mechanisms of contacts with the public and wide public discussion of taken measures should be set down in each plan. Access should be opened for the society to the information about the course and factual results of the work of appropriate ministries and departments. There is no such yet, the president noted.

The quality and the content of the documents, regrettably, do not meet the set requirements, the president said.

Putin gave additional three-four weeks to the ministries to improve the plans and urged the participants in the meeting to more actively and directly join the process.

The president warned the ministers about their personal responsibility for the implementation of the five-year work plans. It must be absolutely clear who is personally responsible for achieving concrete results or who is responsible for failure in the work to know whom to bring to account, he said. For nobody to find excuses, to explain why it failed, the president added. He believes either some person takes up a task, or it is better to think about other ways to develop a career.

Vice premiers share the responsibility for the work quality, the president emphasized. Many tasks formulated in decrees cannot be carried out only by the forces of one ministry or a department. They require work of a team and constant cooperation between all the power levels, he noted.

Putin instructed vice-premiers to ensure coordination of actions between federal departments and regions, concentrate staff, administrative and financial resources, clearly distribute responsibility for specific areas and establish control.

Putin signed the order for the government on May 18 to work out five-year plans after the meeting with the cabinet that discussed the course of the implementation of the May decrees.

He instructed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to work out and approve a plan of federal executive power activities for the next five years. More precise plans were expected to be presented on June 7.

Medvedev demanded clearly formulated five-year plans from the ministries. They were to specify areas of work and determine specific rates to judge about the work results.

According to Vice-Premier Arkady Dvorkovich, plans for work of the federal executive authorities for the next five years were to be published on June 8 after a meeting with the president on June 7.

During the government meeting on May 30, the vice-premier said 15 plans of ministries and 13 plans of federal services and agencies were presented to the cabinet. The government controls 129 directions given to follow the president's decrees. There are 1,679 key events for the implementation. In fact, one event for each day, Dvorkovich said, adding that it was too much, and the number should be reduced three-four times.

First-Vice-Premier Igor Shuvalov noted the materials varied for their quality. He also suggested adding some rates of changes of the life quality of ordinary citizens and businessmen to the plans.

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