Belarusian government may ’’adjust’’ census-2019 results in accordance with needs
During a de-briefing with Chairman of the National Statistical Committee Inna Medvedeva, President Lukashenka requested to present a concept for the national census-2019 by late August.
For austerity reasons, the authorities plan to conduct the census using employees of government bodies and local councils. In 2017, the authorities will hold a pilot census, which may reflect the deterioration of the socio-economic status and wealth of households compared with the national census-2009 (back then Belarus looked good compared with other countries in the region). In addition, the pilot census-2017 may lead to changes in schemes and methodology of the national census-2019, which would allow for some ‘adjustments’ of the results in accordance with the needs.
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.