Science and Education Development and Personnel Training are the Ways to Develop the Peoples of the North
: 09/02/2008
: Indigenous Issues


The present-day "Economic and Social Development of the Small Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East till 2008" program is aimed in the first place to finance capital construction but it is not enough. In opinion of North Committee of the Council of the Federation it is especially important to finance science, education and personnel training.
On 28 January the Committee considered the conception of a new federal goal-oriented program "Economic and Social Development of the Small Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East till 2015". Gennady Oleynik, the Committee's chairman, reported that the new program financing from federal budget is supposed to be increased to 4,5 milliard rubles. Capital construction support still remains the main item of the program (95 % of resources). And only 0,1 % of the resources are to finance culture and education. Only donor regions can take part in the program but not subsidized regions. In addition the development of territories of traditional land-use is also not mentioned. "It gives the impression that there is no difference between the programs with the exception of increase in sums and they had not been drawn even before" noted G. Oleynik.








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