Vladimir Putin ordered ASI to strengthen efforts in all socially significant areas

: kremlin.ru

At the meeting of the State Council Presidium, President of Russia Vladimir Putin ordered the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) to strengthen efforts in all socially significant areas. The meeting was attended by Svetlana Chupsheva, ASI Director General.

“I know that the regional teams together with ASI representatives have analyzed the most sensitive life situations, dealt with all agencies where people apply for assistance and developed action plans for changes that are already being implemented in many constituent entities. I ask ASI to continue to strengthen efforts in all socially significant areas with an ongoing dialogue with regional heads, given that this is a very productive dialogue and essential cooperation,” Vladimir Putin said.

Last April, participants of the joint meeting of the State Council Presidium and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives discussed specific steps to implement the National Social Initiative (NSI) project. Putin ordered to remove unnecessary restrictions, unreasonable and bureaucratic procedures, with the activities of social institutions to be human-centered.

Currently, 52 regions are actively involved in the NSI implementation. The initiative includes digitizing management processes in healthcare institutions, redistributing duties of medical staff, reducing red tape for obtaining social assistance, offering opportunities to apply for financial aid online, and enhancing the functions and quality of services in employment centers.

For example, the Novgorod region has been implementing the NSI since 2020. “The key task is a fast and effective upgrade of public services, where a person faces a lot of paperwork and unnecessary bureaucracy. In the employment centers, paperwork is reduced from 8 hard copies to 1 soft copy, and finding a job now takes 4 months instead of 7.5 months thanks to cooperation with ASI experts,” Andrey Nikitin, Novgorod Governor and Chairman of the State Council Commission on Social Policy, said.

The Sverdlovsk region has developed standards of assistance for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Now parents of ASD children clearly understand to which social public services they are eligible and which services they can obtain from NPOs. 

The Primorsky Territory has reduced the number of rejected applications for a monthly cash payment for children aged 3 to 7 years, with the help of a case-by-case support methodology.