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16 Apr 2017

Belarus president gives instructions to develop Orsha District

ORSHA DISTRICT, 16 April (BelTA) – The government should take a look at problems in the social and economic development of Orsha District. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko gave the relevant instructions as he visited the Transfiguration Church in the town of Baran, Orsha District, Vitebsk Oblast on 16 April, BelTA has learned.

The president told the local residents: “When I come here from time to time, you can probably see me taking a look at these beautiful places. I know well the problems plaguing the region — Bolbasovo, Baran, and Orsha. It is one of the most complicated regions in Belarus as far as the employment situation is concerned. It must not be like that. In the near future the government will take a serious look at the matters concerning the development of the region, particularly these populated localities.”

The head of state said: “It was one of the most developed districts in the past. Soviet strategic air force units were stationed here. But things didn’t turn out so well. I cannot say we’ve done a lot since then but we’ve tried to keep people busy.”

According to Alexander Lukashenko, there are prospects for developing small populated localities in Orsha and the district. The production sector can be developed, investments can be raised, homes and transport infrastructure can be built. “We are going to develop this region. Trust me, within a year or two we will eliminate the bulk of the problems that exist today,” stated the president.

Alexander Lukashenko encouraged citizens to be proactive as well. “You have to get accustomed to the fact that people should seek jobs. Not the other way round. This is how things are done in the entire world,” he said.

The president explained that attention will be paid to the development of small populated localities, particularly those where good infrastructure is available. If transport infrastructure is improved, the local residents will be able to commute faster to larger cities and work there.

“I’d like to tell you in public that the local administration is very slow. We are going to arrange an onsite government conference here. But the local administration will have to do something by then,” noted the head of state. As an example he mentioned that some installations have been vacant and unused since the Soviet Union collapsed.

“Leaving unattended the good and beautiful places, which are convenient for life, is not a good thing. I cannot say they are in disrepair but things could have been better and people could have jobs here. It is the key issue that worries me. The fact that it is my home area has nothing to do with it. All of Belarus is my home area now. But this place deserves to be developed because of the fitting infrastructure here,” stressed the Belarusian leader.

“Trust me, we know how to do everything. People may not be as active at times and the administration may be slow. I admit it. May you live long and in good health. Trust me, we will resolve all the problems,” concluded the president.

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