Another news in connection with the no-longer-new decree number 3 on the prevention of social dependency, so to say. The Decree has been receiving a lot of public attention recently. Its main idea is not to make unemployed people pay some small money (and this is really small money, since the budget will not benefit from it much), but to stimulate people to pay taxes in due order. The senior officials of the presidential administration in different cities of Belarus met with people.
This is the Vitebsk mobile reception point. Instead of the declared three hours, this is the fifth hour of dialogue with various people. There are still a lot of people in the corridors, about 50 of the 17 who initially booked their time. The most pressing problems are connected with the clarification of Decree No3 (on social dependency tax).
Alexander Pozniak, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Belarus - chief inspector for Vitebsk region:
See: there are dozens of people and they do not know everything. Someone, perhaps, knows, but wants to somehow avoid this fee. But most of them really don't know some points. So here is our fault and this is why we need this reception.
A new trend in public management is availability and openness of state officials.
Natalia Kochanova, Head of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus:
This will be a tradition. We will travel to regions outside of Minsk to receive people, to hear out their problems. And people do come to republican authorities. We hear people's voices.
Maxim Ryzhenkov, First Deputy Head of Presidential Administration:
We would like to criticize our regional governments less and probably give them more authority so they act more themselves rather than look at what our response from Minsk is. They do have all tools to address various issues but are not always ready to use them. They fear that they suddenly somewhere will pass some red line and so on.
Officials at all levels are open to dialogue and ready to engage in constructive dialogue with each resident. Special groups of the Presidential Administration will regularly monitor work with complaints from regions.
You can solve the problems in a short time. You do not need to write anything, contact someone.
There are a lot of people who really suffer from so-called local tsars, from the tyranny of heads of enterprises and organizations. I think there should be an individual approach to each case.
My case received due attention of all specialists.
I walk out with a hopeful mood. I think I will get help.
Such personal meetings promise people a new level of comfort. The problem of bureaucracy and red tape must disappear. The practice of visiting receptions of top officials of the Presidential Administration and regional assistants of the President will become a tradition. The next meetings will be held 23 and 24 February.