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A number of items in the budget for 2005, submitted by the government to the State Duma late last night, "require careful scrutiny and reworking"
This was the view expressed on Friday to journalists by State Duma chairman Boris Gryzlov. He had given an appropriate instruction to the relevant committees of the lower house of parliament. On the whole, Gryzlov acknowledged that the draft 2005 budget "contains the provisions on which the United Russia party has always insisted". (The party enjoys a majority in the Duma.) The reference, he said, is to raising wages for public-sector workers and increasing defence and security spending. Replying to journalists' questions about the standing of Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev concerning financing of the agricultural branch, Gryzlov pointed out that "these spending items should be examined more closely". "It is necessary to ensure the country's food security and preserve farming as a rural activity giving employment to tens of millions," the State Duma speaker said. Noting that support for the countryside is one of the priorities of the United Russia faction, he said that faction deputies "cannot but respond to remarks by the agriculture minister". Gryzlov agreed that the countryside faces "too many unsolved issues", including the inadequate state of social welfare and infrastructure. and short supply of machinery for farmers. But he came out against "simply giving out money". "We should use such forms of state backing which could stimulate agricultural development," Gryzlov said. He believes that state spending should not only meet the needs of farms, but also be "economically justified". The United Russia faction press-service reported that faction deputies have already taken the first step in the agrarian field. They drafted a law on the development of agriculture and the agro-food market in Russia. It was noted in the faction that "such a normativeact has never existed in Russian legislation, while in the developed countries such laws have been long adopted." Drafters of the document claim that adoption of such a bill will help to lay down budget guidelines which could be used for putting together an annual budget. In that way, the document will make it possible to clearly define Russia's agrarian policy for several years ahead in order that agricultural producers could reform their production, it was remarked in the faction.
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