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21 Dec 2016

Lukashenko urges to raise status of civil servants in Belarus

MINSK, 21 December (BelTA) – It is necessary to raise the status of civil servants and optimize personnel numbers in the Belarusian state apparatus, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said when appointing new head and first deputy head of the Belarus President Administration on 21 December.

The President gave concrete instructions to Natalia Kochanova and Maxim Ryzhenkov to reform and refresh the administration, get rid of excessive bureaucratic functions. “We cannot do without this refreshment. Only professional, educated, and hardworking people will remain in the administration. The personnel will have to show good results to occupy high positions. This refreshment should help raise the status of civil servants to a very high level,” the Belarusian leader said.

“There should not be more civil servants than we need. This apparatus is overstaffed today. Remaining civil servants, just like the military personnel, should have the highest status. The country needs an optimal minimum of civil servants. The state apparatus should not be overstaffed,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.

According to the President, he has been informed that Belarus has the smallest and the most optimal number of civil servants per capita in the world. “But I see that we can continue the optimization. We planned to reduce the personnel numbers by 50%. It is very difficult at the initial stage. The government suggests reducing the personnel numbers by 30% or even 33-35%, and I have sent these documents to you today. This is a good step at this stage,” he said.

The head of state remarked that downsizing the state apparatus is not the end in itself. The main thing is that it is bad to have an excessive number of civil servants in the country. It is essential to optimize corresponding functions, and delegate corresponding authorities to enterprises, Alexander Lukashenko said.

He cited the agricultural industry as an example. Tight control over certain technological processes on the part of government officials is no longer necessary there. “Every district has just one or two poor-performing farms. Local authorities will take care of them,” the head of state noted.

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