Putin Slams Ministers’ 5-Year Plans

MOSCOW, June 7 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he was not satisfied with the quality and contents of plans compiled by Russian ministers to show what they intend to do within the next five years in order to fulfill the tasks set by the president in May 2012.

On May 7, 2012, the inauguration day, Putin signed a number of decrees aimed at reforming and improving state management, the armed forces, economy, society and other areas. The implementation of the decrees, largely based on Putin’s electoral platform, was declared a priority for the president and his Cabinet, which was formed later that month.

Exactly one year later, on May 7, 2013, Putin gave ministers one month to draft plans for their future work and to make them public.

“Quality and contents of these documents, unfortunately, fall short of the required standards. So I suggest that ministries improve these plans within an additional two or three weeks,” Putin said as the deadline expired on Friday, also reiterating his demand to make the plans public.

“The documents contain too many general words and vague statements. … What we need is a roadmap of improvements in a certain area, clear and understandable for citizens,” he added.

He said these plans should clearly define improvements that would take place in a specific sector in the reported period and what impact these measures would have on people’s lives. In addition, he said, these documents should give the public an opportunity for feedback and discussions.

The president also said that those personally responsible for carrying out the plans should be appointed.

“It should be absolutely clear who bears personal responsibility for the results achieved, or who would be held accountable for failures,” he said. “Furthermore, as we have already agreed, the political responsibility for implementing the plans falls on the person … who signed the document, namely [on] a minister.”

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