State Secretary-Deputy Minister Andrei Pudov: Russia Is Taking Multi-Faceted Interagency and Interregional Efforts to Develop Social Protection

Andrei Pudov, State Secretary-Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection, made this statement during the Global Social Protection Week in Geneva, Switzerland.

News | 26 November 2019

Andrei Pudov reminded that the Global Social Protection Week is taking place during the Centenary Anniversary of the International Labour Organization, one of the oldest and most authoritative of international agencies.

 “Since its establishment in 1919 the ILO has been consistently promoting workers’ interests including their right to social protection thereby making a practical contribution to the world of work and social policies worldwide”, the State Secretary and Deputy Minister said. He added that the conventions developed by the ILO underpin the national social protection and social insurance legislation in many countries.

The Deputy Labour Minister said that guarantees of social rights are a public policy priority in Russia, with ratification of the ILO Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention (No. 102) being one of the recent landmark events in this area. “It covers the benefits related to old age, work-related injury, occupational disease, maternity, disability and health care”, he specified.

Andrei Pudov confirmed the country’s willingness to report to the International Labour Office on compliance with the obligations assumed in ratifying the Convention.

The State Secretary-Deputy Minister shared the ILO’s position that “our common goal is to combat poverty, improve living standards of workers, develop social security” as he discussed the current work and forthcoming plans of Russia in the social and labour sector.

He said that the Russian President signed in 2018 the Decree “On the National Goals and Strategic Development Objectives for the period until 2024” which identified the improvement of living standards and welfare as well as creation of conditions and opportunities for everyone’s self-fulfillment and display of talent as a major national goal for Russia.

To achieve the said goals, the passports of 12 national projects were approved late last year, of which three – Demography, Health Care and Education – contain a set of programmed policies and institutions required to develop the social and labour sector.

The Demography National Project is expected to address the issues of stronger financial support to families with children. While encouraging a higher birth rate, the system of family benefits is designed to prevent a temporary decline of living standards if one of the parents leaves the job for the period of care after a child under 3 years. It is also proposed to give women on a child care leave the opportunity to undergo a training course, acquire new skills, preserve the available competencies over the time of leave, and become even more valuable for the employer.

A specific Older Generation federal project developed as part of the Demography National Project is designed to establish a long-term care system for older persons including those with disabilities. With 12 regions covered in 2019, the pilot project will be extended to all 85 Russian regions by 2022.
In summing up, Andrei Pudov said that “Russia is taking multi-faceted interagency and interregional efforts to develop social protection of the population”.

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