Ulyanovsk Region to Implement More Than Five Thousand Social Contracts in 2021
Over 413 million rubles have been allocated for this task. Support of citizens within the Prosperous Family project became the key topic discussed by Governor Sergey Morozov and awardees of the state social contract during a meeting on 1 March.
Sergey Morozov emphasized, “We have allocated 338.8 million rubles from the federal budget and 74.4 million rubles from the regional one to implement more than five thousand contracts. Currently, 23 social contracts have been signed in municipalities; twenty of them focus on development of private farms and three projects promote individual entrepreneurship. We need to improve our activities in this sphere and attract people, especially ones in the countryside, to interact with social welfare services and the Competence Center for Co-operative Farming. Our task is to help them increase their income.”
According to Natalya Isaeva, Head of the Ministry of Family, Demography and Social Policy of Ulyanovsk Region, the inter-agency approach is a very important principle for this kind of work, and that is why executive authorities are responsible for implementation of social contracts. She said, “The project aims to achieve four targets: to promote employment, to assist in individual entrepreneurship, to develop private farms, and to help people overcome hardships. We will be able to complete these tasks together.”
A schedule of visits to all municipalities has already been made. As part of the meetings, training sessions were held with employees who recruit project participants on-site. Two trips to Staromaynsky and Cherdaklinsky districts have already taken place, meetings have been carried out with those interested in signing a social contract, focus areas have been determined, and consulting services have been provided.
The Prosperous Family project is designed to combine efforts of specialists in social welfare, entrepreneurship and agriculture to encourage as many families as possible to sign social contracts and to develop their own business. The main objective of the project is to reduce poverty rates by half by 2030. At least 30% of awardees of social contracts must become individual entrepreneurs, and at least 60% will increase their average family income.