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Medvedev-led Russian government sums up two-year work

May 21, 2014, 9:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised the cabinet’s work and called his subordinates “a team of high-level professionals”
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MOSCOW, May 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev-led cabinet, formed in May 2012, has summed up its two-year work, noting that personal income has grown and the population increased over the period.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised the cabinet’s work and called his subordinates “a team of high-level professionals” despite criticism and reprimands regarding some ministers and a number of dismissals.

“In conditions of a rather complicated situation in the world economy, the government has managed to retain a positive development dynamics,” the head of state said at a meeting with Medvedev in April.

“Overall, many good and positive things have been done, but we need to focus on problem points and overcome all those difficulties that we are facing and move further in the development of our economy and social sphere,” Putin said then.

Medvedev was also positive about his work as head of government. “I like what I am doing now. This is interesting work,” he said in an interview late last year.

“Until I can do that, until a relevant presidential decision is effective, I will be involved in this work because it is very important and complicated although not very much popular,” the premier said.

Medvedev admitted that his work as head of government “does not only bring negative emotions but also many positive feelings because it can be seen what your work results in,” and “this is very important for any person.”

 

Social policy

According to the government press service, in the past two years, the growth of the population’s income has totaled 3.3%, real wages have grown 5.3%, and the nominal average monthly accrued wages have reached 30,000 rubles ($869).

The level of registered unemployment has gone down 1.3% General unemployment has totaled 5.5%

For the first time in over 20 years, Russia’s 143-million population has increased by more than 20,000 people. The government plans to build, by 2016, a total of 32 perinatal centers in 30 regions of the country, which should also substantially improve demographic figures. Some 400,000 new places in kindergartens have been created.

The construction of over 100 medical institutions has been completed, 3,500 city polyclinics, rural clinics and medical and obstetrical stations have undergone thorough overhaul over the past two years.

A network of specialized medical centers has been formed that includes 122 federal and 289 regional centers. The number of patients who receive high-tech medical assistance has increased by 750%, the government said.

A national program entitled Housing for Russian Families was launched in early 2014. Some 460,000 Russian families can improve their living conditions under the program.

 

Economic policy

More than 200 new midsized and big production facilities have been established in Russia during Medvedev’s work as premier, with more than half of them having investment of 1 billion rubles ($29 million) and higher.

The government said there has been special progress in the agro-industrial sector. The growth of agricultural production in 2013 totaled 6%

Industrial production grew 0.4% last year and 1.1% in the first quarter of this year.

Natural gas production grew 2% to 668 billion cubic meters in 2013. The average level of gasification (gas infrastructure development) is reaching the level of two-thirds of the country, including 54% in rural areas.

The defense industry sector’s output grew 13.5% last year. The volume of the state defense order went up 60% on 2012. The cabinet stressed that Russia has not received such amounts of new hardware for 25 years.

Some 30% more federal significance roads than initially planned have been built and reconstructed.

Air transportation volumes have grown some 15%, 80 new routes have been opened. Five subsidizing programs have been implemented over the past two years. Some 1.5 million more passengers are due to be transported this year. One hundred new routes are to be launched.

 

Legislative activity

A total of 8,034 government resolutions and orders have been issued since May 8, 2012. Over the same period, the cabinet submitted for consideration of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, 533 draft laws, of which 365 have already been signed by the Russian president.

Some 190 bills submitted by the government are currently being considered by the Duma.

Prime Minister Medvedev has held 96 government meetings since May 2012, at which about 1,456 key issues of the country’s social and economic development were considered.

 

Official visits

Medvedev has made 96 official trips since taking the prime ministerial office, including 81 travels to Russian regions. The government press service noted that the premier spent 451 hours in flights traveling 331,000 kilometers by air. Over two years, he has visited 75 Russian regions and 15 other countries.

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