Belarus may cut support for government programmes with high lobbying potential
During the workshop related to problems and prospects for agricultural development, Chairman of the Parliament’s upper chamber Mikhail Myasnikovich underscored that the time was ripe to look into spending on agricultural support programmes and question those responsible for their implementation. In his opinion, such funds were not spent efficiently and did not ensure adequate pay-back. The state is trying to review approaches to financing of those public sectors, which have high priority and have a great lobbying potential in the government. It is worth noting that social tension is growing in the agricultural sector due to the biggest wage arrears among other economic sectors. Meanwhile, current initiative of senior public officials to optimise financing in agriculture is not their first attempt to change the situation in agriculture and is unlikely to become a success.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.