08 July 2010, Thursday, 16:52
author: Eugeny Rahimkulov
The All-Russian Day of Family, Love and Fidelity is celebrated today in our country. This holiday was founded on the initiative of the State Duma deputies a little more than two years ago and was first celebrated in 2008 that was announced the Year of Family.
Despite its youth, the holiday has already managed to gain the support of all traditional religious organizations of Russia. This is because ideals of piety, mutual love and fidelity have no confessional bounds.
Alongside with religious traditions ingrained in the All-Russian Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, this holiday serves as a reminder of the important social role that family plays in the modern world. The state protection of maternity and childhood, duty of parents to take care of their children and duty of adults to look after their parents are the principles described in the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
A number of family support programs are currently realized on the federal and regional levels. Special attention is paid to this question in Bashkortostan. Thus, in the nearest future about 600 rural families will receive money for purchase and construction of housing within the Social Development of Rural Areas Program.
An object of special care and attention of public authorities is families having many children. The institution of the Medal of Maternity Glory became one of the factors enhancing the status of large families. Over five thousand mothers of many children have already received the Medal and a flat fee. Families having more than nine children are given GAZel minibuses.
A new Population Policy Concept is in force till 2025 for the improvement of the demographic situation in Bashkortostan. Owing to the package of measures realized within the framework of the Concept, a rise in the birth rate and relatively favourable demographic performance is observed in the Republic now.