Medvedev, Kudrin discuss reform to reduce government staff

Medvedev, Kudrin discuss reform to reduce government staff

Some refer to the reform as "administrative guillotine".

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had a talk with Alexey Kudrin heading the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) about a reform to reduce the number of officials. Some refer to the reform as "administrative guillotine", as it implies that the number of officials would be cut by one third within six years, and spending on maintenance of the government staff would amount to 1.74% of the budget (against the current 2.5%). Also, a strategic group will be created to monitor the country's development and make sure it achieves the KPI on national goals, The Bell reported.

Kudrin believes that the group should be led by an official who holds a post not lower than Vice PM. Media say the presidential aide Andrei Belousov is a possible applicant.

So far, no decisions have been taken. Besides Kudrin, Sberbank President German Gref was at the meeting. The CSR refused to give any comments on the matter. Earlier, Dozhd television channel cited 5 sources claiming that First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov was going to resign after the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin and that Putin approved Shuvalov's decision.

According to the channel’s sources, Dmitry Medvedev will retain his post of deputy prime minister, Arkady Dvorkovich will also remain in the government, but his powers will be curtailed.

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