In the Government chamber
"Dear colleagues, I've got two news for you," – with these sacramental words Head of Karelia Andrei Nelidov started the briefing in the Government of the republic on September, 6. However, regardless of the tradition, the governor considered both news good.
First, there will be no more briefings in the Government. "I've watched them for awhile and I came to a conclusion that it is not efficient to hold them, – Andrei Nelidov said. – If past experience is any guide, nobody is working for half a day while the management takes part in a conference." Instead such briefings it was decided to hold working meeting of the so-called Presidium of the Government comprising only seven persons – the governor, his Assistants and Chief of the Administration of the Head of the republic as required but no less than once a week. Enlarged meetings of the Government will be held every third Wednesday of the month.
Presidium of the Government is not the only novelty which Andrei Nelidov announced. As Head of Karelia has declared, the first stage of formation of the new republican authority is complete. First of all, maters concern structure and personnel of regional enforcement authorities. The main criterion which guided developers was efficiency, namely, true benefir for the citizens. Thus, the new structure is created strictly within the scope of the state functions delegated to the republic by the federal government and the President of the country.
By the order of the Government of Karelia Ministry of Forestry it is transformed into the Ministry of Nature Management and Ecology, Ministry of Natural Resources – into the State Committee for Administration of State Property and Placing of Orders for State Requirements. Ministry on National Politics and Relations with Religious Associations became the State Committee with similar functions. Ministry of Culture and Public Relations it is transformed into the Ministry of Culture, having transferred some powers to the newly created agency – State Committee for Civil Society Development Issues Related to Political Parties and Mass Media. State Committee on Youth and State Committee on Physical Training and Sports is reorganized into the State Committee on Youth, Physical Training, Sports and Tourism.
In the Government chamber
State Committee on Reforming of Housing and Communal Services and State Committee on Energy and Rate Management also merged in one structure – State Committee for Reforming of Housing and Communal Services and Energy. State Committee for Protection and Use of Objects of Fauna and Water Biological Resources joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Fish Industry and Ecology renamed into the Ministry of Agriculture, Fish and Hunting Industry.
Besides the already mentioned State Committee for Civil Society Development Issues, in structure of republican authorities there appeared two new departments more – State Committee for Prices and Rates as well as the State Committee for Information and Communication Technology Development.
The Official Representation of the Republic of Karelia in St.Petersburg (10 officials, 3 cars, office) is abolished, and the Representation of the Government of the Republic of Karelia within the President of RF has changed its functions considerably. Instead of transportation and hotel services rendered to officials it will support all federal programs in which the republic participates.
At that, Head of Karelia has pointed out that as a whole the number of officers should reduce by no less than 10 percent. "I will accept no other proposals, – Andrei Nelidov said. – More than thousand people works, and we're ashamed to meet people's eyes. To increase efficiency we need skills, not number. Personnel of my administration will reduce by 15 percent, and I expect the same from you. Also we shall audit the vehicle fleet of ministries and departments and reduce by about 20 percent."
At the same time Head of Karelia has unambiguously warned members of the Government: "You are responsible for everyone you hire. I do not threaten you, but make sure athe at first signs of corruption ourselves we will send cases to the Investigating committee – I have already agreed on it with its management. We should form the Government which people may trust."
The following officials are appointed Assistants to the Head of Karelia: Yuri Kancher (First Assistant), Marina Nikishina (since the same day also the Minister of Labour and Employment), Yuri Rafalsky (Official Representative of the Republic of Karelia at the President of RF). Another Assistant to the Head of Karelia will supervise issues of local government, youth policy, physical training, sports and tourism. Minister of Economic Development Valentin Luntsevich will work in the capacity of the Assistant to the governor. Besides Assistants to the first person, Vladimir Khlebalin, Chief of the Administration of the Head of the Republic of Karelia will become a member of the Presidium of the Government.
Yuri Kancher will supervise activities of the Ministry of Construction, State Committee for Reforming of Housing and Communal Services and Energy, State Committee for Life Support and Safety of Population and State Housing Inspectorate. The Valentin Luntsevich's responsibility is Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Nature Management and Ecology, Ministry of Agriculture, Fish and Hunting Industry, State Committee for Administration of State Property and Placing of Orders for State Requirements, State Committee for Prices and Rates, State Committee for Information and Communication Technology Development. Marina Nikishina will supervise the social block: Ministry of Health and Social Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Civil Registry Office. Vladimir Khlebalin is appointed responsible for the State Committee for Civil Society Development Issues, State Committee for National Politics and Relations with Religious Associations, Department on maintenance of activity of Justices of the Peace.
Among the newly appointed heads of ministries and agencies there are Minister of Health Elmira Zilber, Minister of Education Alexander Selyanin, Minister of Nature Management and Ecology Sergey Shtrakhov, Minister of Agriculture Grigory Manuilov, Minister of Construction Alexander Efimov. Chairmen of State Committees are appointed Nikolai Fedotov (State Committee for Life Support and Safety of Population), Andrey Manin (State Committee for National Politics and Relations with Religious Associations), Oleg Telnov (State Committee for Reforming of Housing and Communal Services and Energy), Mark Orlov (State Committee for Administration of State Property and Placing of Orders for State Requirements), Alexander Fedorichev (State Committee for Local Government).
The former Minister of Culture Galina Brun is transferred to the post of the Deputy Chief of the Administration of the Head of the Republic of Karelia where she will head the Office of Audit. Elena Bogdanova who used to be the First Deputy Minister of National Politics is appointed instead of Galina Brun.
Having announced the new structure of the Government Andrei Nelidov mentioned that it was not a dogma. The republic may follow more efficient ways if life shows them.
It is expected that the new structure will make it possible to perform commitments to inhabitants of Kareliamore efficiently. Earnest attention will be paid to closer cooperation with institutes of civil society, with citizens of Karelia. Besides, monitoring of government expenditure and government purchases – from office supplies to medicines, fuel and medical equipment will enhance. For this purpose the State Committee on management of the state property and accommodation of orders for the state needs is created.
As Head of Karelia emphasized many times, "People should see, that the authority works on behalf of the people and for the people."