Russian government to face a major reform

Russian government to face a major reform

The reorganization may weaken the positions of vice prime ministers, but will strengthen the Chief of Staff, Konstantin Chuychenko, sources of a publication say.

A large-scale reform is being prepared in the Russian government, which may weaken the positions of vice prime ministers, but at the same time strengthen the Chief of Staff, Konstantin Chuychenko, The Bell informs, citing its sources.

According to the media outlet, the reform will lead to the secretariats of the vice prime ministers being reduced – only the protocol and those responsible for special orders will remain in them. Instead, the deputies of Dmitry Medvedev will receive mega-departments created on the basis of the field-specific departments, to which assistants of the vice-premiers in various areas, discharged from the secretariats, will be transferred. Currently, the government’s structure includes 24 departments, the secretariats of Medvedev and ten of his deputies, as well as the staff of the board of the military-industrial complex.

The work of new mega-departments will be overseen by a special supervision department, which will be subordinate to the Head of the government’s staff, Vice-Premier Konstantin Chuychenko, who is the author of the reform.

The government was sceptical about the reform that had been proposed by Chuychenko. One of the federal officials said if the idea is implemented this way, everything it will cause is “an additional burden.” At the present time, representatives of various departments are working on the preparation of the decisions. After the readjustment, this is going to be a responsibility of one department.

Besides that, the officials are not satisfied with the fact that the “megadepartments” are going to be controlled by Chuychenko’s supervisory agency.

“All around, it’s a double submission, and the main person is the one who has control – that is Chuychenko,” one of the persons who had been interviewed said. “It was about a consolidation of a role of vice-prime ministers with the help of a clearer delineation of authority. But it looks like the Vice-Prime Minister is really strengthening. And only one. And it’s Chuychenko,” another official clarified.

Russia’ Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has not approved the reform’s plan yet. The media office of the government reported the changes were being prepared, but it’s too early to comment upon the format and scale of the upcoming readjustment.

January poll carried out by Levada-center showed 53 per cent of citizens – to one degree or another – were for the resignation of the current government. This is being tied with price increase, drop in income, and the authority’s incapability to solve the unemployment issues.

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