09 September 2009, Wednesday, 20:21
author: Elena Makushina
The traditional ceremony of honoring mothers with many children has taken place in the Republic House today. Three women with five and more kids have received the state awards fr om President of Bashkortostan. Other 49 women have become the owners of the medals “Motherhood Glory”. Opening the ceremony President RB has said that Republic of Bashkortostan undertakes much for reliable protection of families with many kids. The tradition of honoring mothers with many children, once having been wrongly forgotten in the former USSR, was restored in Bashkortostan in 1998. Since then more than 80 solemn awarding ceremonies have passed and more than 4500 women have received state awards. At the same time the awards and the accompanying one-time payments at the rate of 10 thousand rubles are not the only form of state backing of motherhood and childhood in the Republic. Bashkortostan is one of few Russian regions, where its own system of support for families with many children was worked up. Such families receive benefits and grants, which can’t be met anywhere else in Russia. For example, monthly payments for the families, having four kids, make up 1,5 thousand rubles and for those, who have five and more kids – two thousand rubles. Pupils from families with many children receive school uniform free and have free public transport pass.