In 2021, the Russian authorities will allocate more than 220 billion rubles for the development of infrastructure in rural areas. within the framework of various government programs. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said this in a video message to the participants of the board of the Ministry of Agriculture.
According to the prime minister, "a lot still needs to be done to raise the standard of living in rural areas to urban areas."
“That is why this year, the total funding for the development of rural infrastructure under all state programs will become even larger and will total more than 220 billion rubles,” he said.
Mishustin called the launch of the state program "Comprehensive Development of Rural Areas" one of the main achievements of the past year. Of course, as the prime minister admitted, "one year cannot solve the problems that have been accumulating for decades." "But this is a necessary step to create normal living conditions for people in the countryside," he said, which is especially important given the fact that many Russians "moved out of town during the period of restrictions due to coronavirus and are in no hurry to return." With the development of remote employment, it becomes possible to live in rural areas permanently, which means that the load on the infrastructure there is growing and will continue to grow, the chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers said. “And, of course, energetic and effective work is required to update it,” he stressed.
The head of government recalled that almost 34 billion rubles were allocated for the implementation of this state program last year. This has already improved the quality of life for more than 6 million people. “Including built over 600 km of roads, implemented more than 6 thousand projects for the improvement of rural areas. Housing conditions have been improved for almost 50 thousand families, ”Mishustin said.
In addition, he continued, funds from other state programs are being attracted for the development of rural areas, last year they amounted to about 72 billion rubles. They are sent, among other things, to the development of health care, the construction of new schools, the creation of opportunities for physical education and sports.
“We hope that all these measures will change life in the countryside. They will be interested and persuade to move [there] young people and qualified specialists, who are so lacking there, ”summed up the chairman of the Russian government.