07 February 2010, Sunday, 10:18
author: Marina Shumilova
Today is the birthday of President of Bashkortostan Murtaza Rakhimov. The whole his life is closely connected with Bashkortostan – here his roots lie and here he lives. Together we’ve survived through very difficult 90s, when the economic failure threatened the heaviest shocks and every region was searching for the way out of impasse in its own way. In the course of time people started calling the economic strategy of our Republic the “Bashkortostan’s model of reforming” with two main principles in its base. First, it is not a destruction but transformation of the planning-distributive economics into the market one and, second, the preservation of social guarantees for population. The refusal from the shocking therapy, total privatization and “soft entering the market” helped us to protect our production from imminent breakdown and to create the conditions for further economic upsurge. The active coordinating and patronizing role of the state not just in production but in the social sphere too has become the main peculiarity of our economic progress.
The rates of economic growth in the Republic are higher than the average all-Russian ones. By the volume of GRP and the main macroeconomic showings we stand in the Top10 of Russian regions and in the Top 3 by agricultural production. Active social policy in the Republic has considerably neutralized the losses of the transition period for population. The political outcomes of almost two last decades are especially important now and stable public and political situation and international and inter-religious agreement are our special property. And civil peace is in many respects determined by the purposeful state policy. The epoch of changes our country lives through teaches us to appreciate these qualities of life especially high.
Sure, we face many problems in our everyday reality, the level of life leaves much to be desired and the economic crisis aggravates this situation but Murtaza Rakhimov is not the man, who hang out his promises easily because he is familiar with these problems not through hearsay, that’s why our Republic makes everything possible for supporting of the families with scanty needs and more than a half of the budget is allocated for solution of social problems. Much is done but much more is to be done. The working day of President RB lasts 12 hours and he inspects the Republican regions practically every week. Not everyone is able to stand such pace. But presidency is not just a high status but heavy burden of responsibility, when you are responsible before your compatriots and all problems and difficulties come directly through the heart. Citizens of Bashkortostan have supported President RB at the elections three times – and this is the main evidence that such understanding of his line helps him to make optimal solutions.
High professionalism and business and personal merits of Murtaza Rakhimov are highly appreciated in Kremlin and the President of Russia and the Chairman of Russian Government evaluated his activity very highly several times. But the well-known writer, the editor-in chief of the newspaper “Tomorrow” Alexander Prokhanov determined the significance of this man for our Republic in the most lucid manner: “President Rakhimov belongs to the disappearing formation of managers, he is more than a manager, he has become the Father of Nation and its symbol” – he said – “These qualities are absolutely not characteristics for the politicians of the European level and he is the precious man for the Republic”.