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Dmitry Medvedev said an improvement of the country's demographic situation remains one of the priorities
Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said an improvement of the country's demographic situation remains one of the priorities. Speaking at the "government hour" session with lawmakers at the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament, he said that despite "an increase in the number of newborns, the general demographic situation remains quite serious." "We're pursuing an integral policy aimed at increasing the birth rate, and decreasing the mortality rate from controllable causes; we also regulate migration issues," he noted. "A program of assistance to the compatriots who decided to return to their Motherland has been approved. This process will begin from 2007," the official went on to say. The first deputy prime minister reminded that the program of paying mother's capital was launched from January 1 for women who give birth to second or subsequent child. The sum of childcare allowances has been increased. It totals 1,500 roubles per first child, and 3,000 roubles per second or each subsequent child. The state will also compensate preschool education expenses to parents. The priority national project in the field of health care will be supplemented with a number of programs beginning from 2008. In particular, authorities will launch programs aimed at decreasing the mortality rate by arranging quality assistance in road accidents and poisonings, and in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. "Obviously, regional authorities must play a key role," Medvedev noted. "The federal center sets the general rules, norms and guarantees. But these rules and guarantees will only work if regions provide the necessary support," he added.
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