Ministry of Labor does not support proposal on giving officials popular craftwork items worth more than $50
The Ministry of Labor argues for the formation of a negative stance in society towards gifting to civil servants.
The Ministry of Labor did not support the proposal of the Ministry of Industry and Trade to allow officials to give gifts worth than 3 thousand rubles ($50), if they are Russian popular craftwork items. "The proposal will not promote the development of the production of handicrafts. The Ministry of Labor advocates the formation of a negative stance in the society to the issue of making gifts to state (municipal) employees and other persons on whom anti-corruption standards are prevalent," RIA Novosti quotes an extract from the statement of the Ministry of Labor.
Previously, the Ministry of Industry and Trade suggested allowing officials to receive gifts worth more than 3 thousand rubles, provided that they are items of traditional art crafts. Spokesmen of the industry said that restrictions on the cost of handicrafts will lead to the fact that the officials will be given cheap imported analogues.
In early 2014, the government obliged officials to notify state agencies about the gifts received. According to the regulations, civil servants are not allowed to receive gifts worth more than 3 thousand rubles.