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MOSCOW, April 17 (Itar-Tass) - Deputies of the State Duma polled by Itar-Tass take a positive view of the report on the government’s performance Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev presented on Wednesday even though harsh criticism came from all factions.
Igor Rudensky, member of the United Russia Party, chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy, Innovation Development and Enterprise, commended the report, noting that the government had done a great deal. He said the government was giving assistance to agriculture and allocating extra funds for the infrastructure, road building.
At the same time he found criticism that came from the opposition parties justified to some extent. “Funds allocated for road building are not always utilized. Indicators are falling, regarding investment, too. Industrial production growth stalled,” Rudensky said. At the same time he believes that these are objective realities, that the pace of economic growth slows down everywhere in the world. “Our task at present is to pinpoint the areas of growth and to stimulate the manufacturing sector,” Rudensky said.
Maxim Rokhmistrov, member of the LDPR, the deputy head of the Budget and Tax Committee, said the premier gave a clear signal to cabinet members to enter political debates with all political forces not only in the area of lawmaking but in all other areas.
Anatoly Aksakov, member of A Just Russia Party, the deputy chairman of the Committee for Financial Market, got the impression that the government was going to take some measures to heat up the economy so as to stimulate industrial and agricultural production by internal demand, first of all for investment.
Natalia Burykina, member of United Russia, head of the Committee for Financial Market, described the government report as remarkable, although she noted it should have been acknowledged that it was an error to raise insurance premium for individual entrepreneurs. “This annoyed those who aim to earn their living instead of relying on employment services,” Burykina said.