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Socio-economic situation in Siberia has margin of safety

August 28, 2013, 9:56 UTC+3

Presidential plenipotentiary representative in the Siberian Federal District Viktor Tolokonsky reported on the situation in the region to President Vladimir Putin

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ABAKAN, August 28 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian state authorities are fulfilling social commitments to residents of the Siberian Federal District despite some slump in economy, Russian presidential plenipotentiary representative in the Siberian Federal District Viktor Tolokonsky assured President Vladimir Putin here on Wednesday.

“Certainly, some fall in prices and sales of produce in these spheres (the coalmining industry and the electric power industry) also affected their growth rate: we have a positive growth rate in economy, but have some budget revenue shortfalls from the income tax,” he explained. “Despite the fact that the situation in the basic industries of economy is not quite good, there is some margin of safety and all 12 federal constituent territories are fulfilling social commitments of the regions,” Tolokonsky said, noting that the fulfillment of presidential decrees issued on May 7, 2012, is under special control.

The Siberian Federal District reported the salary growth in the budget sector, the presidential plenipotentiary representative said. He named the growth in the number of vacant seats at kindergartens among other social indicators. “All regions are making headway in this issue, though this task is not easy to fulfill, because all the same the number of vacant seats should grow considerably, the number of seats in the regions has doubled or tripled and even grew fourfold as compared with the situation 3-4 years ago,” Tolokonsky said. “The queue in absolute terms has shrunk considerably, some regions and many municipalities have already eliminated queues in the kindergartens,” he added.

Tolokonsky also mentioned some progress in the implementation of the program of resettlement from hazardous housing. “There are some changes in this issue not only in statistical reports, they are noticeable and people note this,” he said.

The presidential envoy noted that housing construction posts a higher growth in the first seven months of this year than in the previous year. “We place an emphasis on the reduction of cost price,” he explained. “We are seeking in all ways to promote the launch of new productions of building materials,” the presidential plenipotentiary representative said. He gave as an example the construction project of a new residential area in Kyzyl, the Russian Republic of Tuva in the south of Eastern Siberia. “But the bricks are delivered, concrete is delivered, it should be brought from Abakan, which is situated 500 kilometers away,” he said with regret. “We are seeking to introduce special benefits, special stimuli for the industry of building materials to develop everywhere that will permit to make construction cheaper,” Tolokonsky added.

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