The social attention of President Nazarbajev

Mar 1, 2019 9:40 am

Kazakh President urges measures to improve living standards during Nur Otan party congress

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev outlined at the 18th Congress of Nur Otan Party efforts to improve social supports and living standards in Kazakhstan.  The government will allocate two trillion tenge (US$5.3 billion) from the country’s budget for social projects over the next three years.

The congress approved the party’s agenda until 2030.

Nazarbayev said social assistance should be directed towards low-income citizens and large families.

“I instruct the government to increase the criterion for providing targeted social assistance for people in need, especially large families, to 70 percent of the subsistence minimum (29,698 tenge (US$78.8))… To establish a minimum [monthy] payment of approximately 21,000 tenge ($US55.7) for each child in a large family… I also instruct to increase allowance for parents, guardians and families raising children with disabilities by 30 percent,” said the President.

The social assistance should reach 830,000 people, including 550,000 children.

The President also set goals to increase the salaries of public sector workers in healthcare, education, social care, culture and sports.

“I instruct from July 1 to increase wages for low-paid public sector employees and to grass-roots workers of executive bodies who work with citizens at the regional level and in the villages by 30 and 25 percent respectively,” said the President.

980 billion tenge (US$2.6 billion) will be allocated for these purposes.

The President spoke about housing issues, especially the availability of housing for large families and families with children with disabilities.

“It is necessary to intensify work on construction of housing. I instruct to build more than 40,000 rental apartments for large and low-income families as a part of the Nurly Zher programme. In the next seven years, 50 billion tenge (US$132.6 million) will be allocated for this purpose annually,” said Nazarbayev.

The healthcare system is also slated for a funding increase.

For development of this task, additionally, I instruct to allocate approximately 120 billion tenge (US$318.24 million). As a result, the quality and availability of inpatient medical care in seven regions will increase covering approximately 100,000 families,” said Nazarbayev.

“This will allow us to solve the issues for 2.2 million citizens,” said Nazarbayev.

The President also discussed road conditions in Kazakhstan.

“In recent years, huge work has been done on the construction of the state road network. More than 14,000 kilometres of roads were built. This has never happened in Kazakhstan. This is our pride. Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will drive along these roads,” he said.

For the improvement of the road conditions, the President instructed to allocate 350 billion tenge (US$928.2 million). This fund should improve 95 percent of main roads of regions and districts.

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