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MOSCOW, January 17 (Itar-Tass) – There are no ready-to-use solutions to the problem of orphaned children in Russia, deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, Lyudmila Shvetsova, who leads a working group on legal backing of President Vladimir Putin’s decree on measures to support parentless children, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
She urged to exert more efforts to do away with conflicting requirements of various administrative bodies that are in charge of work with orphaned children.
“There are many various proposals, such as to appoint a ministry that will be in charge of these issues, or to set up a special agency, or to solve this problem in some other way,” Shvestova said. “I think we shall consider all these proposals. So far, we have no ready-to-use solutions.” The one thing that is obvious, she stressed, is that it is necessary to do away with inter-departmental barriers.
Earlier, the newspaper Izvestia reported that a special federal agency for the affairs of orphaned children might be established in Russia. The idea was generated by the Duma committee for the affairs of the family, women and children and submitted to the Kremlin and the government, according to Pavel Astakhov, Russian ombudsman for children’s rights.