Authorities initiate soft “Belarusianisation” policy
While meeting with students from the Belarusian State University, the President’s Assistant for Economic Affairs, Kyril Rudy, said that a recent poll held by the National Academy of Sciences revealed that Belarusians consider the loss of the Belarusian language to be among the country’s main threats.
In recent years, the Belarusian leadership has sought to draw Belarusian society’s attention to national identity issues in order to reduce threats to national security amid the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy and recent developments in Ukraine. The Belarusian government will continue to implement a cautious and soft “Belarusianisation” policy in order to narrow the value split in the society and to consolidate it around the ideas of independence and Belarusian national identity.
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.