26 July 2010, Monday, 19:05

The President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov discussed the prospects of social-economic development in the Republic with trade-unions

author: Eugene Rakhimkulov | photo: Andrey Starostin

The meeting of the President RB Rustem Khamitov with the activists of the Trade-Union Federation RB has taken place in Ufa today. During more than one hour the head of the Republic was discussing the problems and the prospects of further development of the region with the leadership of the Trade-Union Federation RB, representatives of the branch trade-unions and primary trade-union organizations. The active deputy Prime-Minister of Government RB, active Minister of labor and population social protection RB Fidus Yamaltdinov also took part in the meeting.

“We can’t talk about any especially successful progress of our Republic, as compared with other Russian regions” – the President RB said – “We still hold rather good positions, standing somewhere in the middle but it would be desirable to be on the top. I’ll do everything possible to change this situation maximally for the better”.

The population of Bashkortostan according to M-r Khamitov has enough to be proud of but at the same time the economics of the region faces certain problems: the budget shortage, though still rather small and uneven distribution of the gross regional product. For example, 40% of our population works in the countryside at that producing just 10% of the gross regional product. With the four-millionth population the budget RB makes up 80 billion rubles. Just for comparison: the budget of Moscow, where slightly more than 10 million people live, makes up one trillion rubles and it means the budget supply on one citizen in Bashkortostan today is five times lower than in Moscow.

According to M-r Khamitov Bashkortostan holds approximately the 40th place in the country by the level of wages and in some branches this index is even lower. All this proves the situation in the Republic is far from we’d like to watch.

“There are too many problems in the region and I stand for open and transparent discussion of all these problems. We mustn’t follow our taste saying our situation is better than it is in reality because this state of things usually comes to the standstill and we shouldn’t admit it, so I‘ll demand deeper understanding of the problems and the ability to cope with these problems from a new Government”.

The head of the region intends to hold similar meetings with the owners of big industrial enterprises, with the bank community and the representatives of small business and such meetings have to take place already in August.