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Yury Trutnev: Sakhalin region should become a model area for the comfort of living Chernova Elena, 12 years old, Sakhalin region

Information on measures to improve the quality of life in Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands was announced at a meeting in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk devoted to the socio-economic development of the region. The event was held by the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation - Presidential Plenipotentiary to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev. The event was attended by the Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Alexander Kozlov, and the head of the Sakhalin Region, Valery Limarenko.

Yury Trutnev noted high rates of economic development of the region. “The Sakhalin region is developing on average twice as fast as other Russian regions. The economic growth rate is 6.8 percent. This is the leading pace for the Far Eastern Federal District and other regions of Russia, it is comparable to the growth of the leading economies of the world, ”he said.

The volume of gross regional product in the Sakhalin region significantly exceeded the level of 2017 (771.2 billion rubles) and amounted to an estimated 1.1 trillion rubles. The volume of GRP per capita is 2.3 million rubles - this is the 5th place among all the subjects of the Russian Federation and the 1st place in the Far Eastern Federal District. The volume of industrial production was in the amount of 1.1 trillion rubles. The structure of industrial production is dominated by branches of the economy associated with the extraction of minerals (oil, gas, coal). The industrial production index shows economic growth by 7%, which exceeds the average Russian level by 4%, and the FEFD level - by 2%.

At the same time, the Deputy Prime Minister believes that the region’s economy is poorly diversified. “Its development is strongly connected with oil prices, with conjuncture in this part of the economy. It is necessary to develop other areas. At the meeting we talked about tourism, the development of port facilities, transport and other areas. On the one hand, the performance is good. A large amount of construction of schools, children's hospitals, kindergartens. On the other hand, the budget security of Sakhalin is almost twice as high as the average budget security of the regions of the Russian Federation. This means that Sakhalin should become an exemplary territory for the comfort of living. While we do not see. This gap must be bridged in order to ensure a high standard of living so that it can be seen on the streets, in schools, in polyclinics, in people's lives, ”said Yuri Trutnev.

Discussed issues in the field of health care and improving the quality of medical services. Sakhalin Region lacks 500 qualified specialists. In some areas the shortage exceeds 30 percent. There is a shortage of space and depreciation of buildings in which health care facilities are located. A number of measures have already been taken. In particular, the salary of doctors was increased by one and a half times. Condition - the specialist must accept the required number of patients and comply with the established standards of treatment. Payments for doctors who come to work on Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands are doubled. It is planned that in the fall the number of doctors who arrived in the region from the beginning of the current year will exceed 220 people. Conditions are created for moving to the region doctors of particularly high qualifications, so that the inhabitants of the region will no longer need to travel for treatment to other regions or abroad. A health infrastructure development plan has also been developed, which provides for the construction of 74 facilities.

“There are certain standards in the Asia-Pacific countries that are close to Sakhalin when a person receives a medical report within one day, checks his health with an accuracy of 96 percent. We need to achieve the same indicators so that people can check their state of health within a day, so that the examination is reliable, so that the maximum number of people can be covered with medical services, ”explained Yury Trutnev.

With the support of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, the Vice Prime Minister proposed to create such high-tech centers in the Sakhalin Region, introduce the most effective methods of diagnosis and treatment, since the region has the necessary financial resources and conduct an experiment to significantly increase life expectancy of the population.

Discussed issues of social security of citizens. At the beginning of 2019, 47.7 thousand people or 9.7 percent of Sakhalin residents and Kurilians were below the poverty line. Now this figure is much lower - 6.7 percent. A positive role was played by the introduction of additional measures to support the most vulnerable categories of citizens - non-working pensioners, young families with children. This work in the framework of the execution of the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin will be continued. So, from June 1, non-working pensioners with northern experience from 35 to 40 years old will start receiving a new quarterly payment. Another measure of support for low-income families with the first or second child between the ages of one and a half to three years will soon be introduced. Prior to providing a place in kindergarten, they will receive a monthly payment equal to the subsistence minimum for children, established in the Sakhalin region for the second quarter of the previous year. While it will be 14 536 rubles.

Such measures will allow by the end of the year to reduce the proportion of poor residents of the region to 4.6 percent. This will be the best indicator in the Russian Federation, the head of the region emphasized. “Due to the new measures to support the most vulnerable categories of citizens - non-working pensioners and young families with children, as well as due to an individual approach to each case, we managed to help almost 15 thousand Sakhalin residents and get them out of the poverty line. By the end of the year, we plan to reduce the rate of those who are below the poverty line by half, ”said Valery Limarenko.

The volume of housing construction is planned to increase by half and take about 500 thousand square meters of housing per year. According to Yury Trutnev, this is one of the best indicators in Russia.

Regional authorities submitted proposals for the modernization and construction of port infrastructure. It is assumed that the logistics of cargo traffic on the Northern Sea Route will pass to Asia past Sakhalin. In this regard, the governor raised issues of modernization and construction of port infrastructure.

Following the meeting, Yury Trutnev gave a number of instructions. In particular, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation was instructed to prepare proposals for improving the transport accessibility of the region, including working out the issue of air traffic and the development of port infrastructure. The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia and the head of the region are entrusted with the task of working out the diversification of the regional economy. The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and the regional authorities have been instructed to work out the issue of creating high-tech medical centers in the region.


The issues of the formation of the National Program of the Far East were separately considered. As the Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Alexander Kozlov, recalled, the program is divided into two components. “The first is the economy. It is necessary that such an indicator as in the Sakhalin Oblast, or at least at least 6 percent, be achieved in all Far Eastern regions. The second is the social sphere. These are hospitals, culture, sports, housing, housing and utilities, and other areas. We collected proposals from all regions for their inclusion in the national program. Specialists of the ministries and departments of the Sakhalin Region worked closely with the Ministry of the East Development of Russia. In the coming days, the national program will be submitted for consideration and approval to the Government of the Russian Federation in order to be further submitted to the head of state, ”he explained.

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