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Putin to confer with Russia's PPRs in Federal Districts about budgetary, medical matters

April 09, 2014, 3:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, April 09, /ITAR-TASS/. President Vladimir Putin will confer with his plenipotentiary representatives in Federal Districts on Wednesday.

The following three main items on the agenda of the conference will be discussed: efforts to balance out the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation; the elimination of hazardous housing, and the rendering of hi-tech medical aid to the population in implementation by Federal Districts of the tasks set forth in the Presidential Message to the Federal Assembly (parliament), the Kremlin press service reported.

It is evident that special attention will be devoted to Crimea and Sevastopol. As regards efforts to ensure balanced local budgets, Russia's government has already taken a decision to assign more than 13 billion roubles to the regions in 2014. Out of the sum, assistance to Crimea will amount to 10.7 billion roubles and that to Sevastopol to 2.4 billion roubles.

RF Minister of Construction Mikhail Men, when speaking of relocation of people from decrepit buildings, pointed out earlier that the 2013 plan for relocation would be completely implemented by May 2014. For the time being, only 51 percent of the relocation plan has been implemented. Lists of relocatee families have not yet been submitted by 22 regions. In 2013, it was supposed to relocate people from 650,000 square metres of runddown housing over 42,000 people live in such houses. However, only four percent of the programme was implemented in December.

As of January 1, 2012, the area of dilapidated housing in Russia was 13.1 million sq. m. The Housing/Utilities Foundation in conjunction with the regions is obliged to relocate people from housing with an area of 10.7 million sq.m. before 2017. The overall cost of the programme is 374.5 billion roubles. Out of the sum, the Foundation assigned 148.6 billion roubles to the regions within the framework of co-financing of regional programmes.

In 2013, the State earmarked 54.8 billion roubles for relocation of people from hazardous housing, with due regard for co-financing by the regns to a sum of 91.7 billion roubles.

The Ministry of Construction does not rule it out that the relocation programme will remain unimplemented even after 2017, the more so as the Ministry will have to do an additional amount of work following Crimea's re-unification with Russia.

In the field of health care, the President assigned the government to submit a report before May 15 about transformation of the network of medical institutions in the 2014-2015 period. Besides, Putin awaits amedments from the government to the legislation concerning mechanisms and the scope of remuneration of specialized medical aid, including hi-tech one, rendered in line with common tariffs of Federal medical organizations at the expense of resources of the Federal Compulsory Health Insurance Fund by providing a targeted item of expenditure in the Fund's budget.

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