Vector for Arctic Development

Vector for Arctic Development

The society has started paying more attention to the development of the Russian Arctic. On October 26, 2020, the government of the Russian Federation approved the strategy for the development of the Arctic Zone of Russia; on the same day the strategy on ensuring national security was approved as well. Later, the state-party also developed and adopted a governmental programme to implement those strategies. The total amount of funding for the activities included in the state program for the period 2021–2024 from the federal budget will exceed 19.5 billion rubles.According to the governmental programme It is planned to create new jobs and develop infrastructure. Territories of priority socio-economic development will also be created. The state program also provides funds to support the traditional economic activities of the indigenous minorities of the North.

 

How will this affect our republic this year?

 

YAKUT ARCTIC WILL RECEIVE MORE THAN A BILLION RUBLES

 

This year, the amount of funding for the development of the Arctic zone of Yakutia and the indigenous peoples of the North is in total of 1 billion 036 million 430.5 thousand rubles, which is four times more than in 2021…

 

More than 350 millions of these funds are the money of the federal penalty,

686 million — the republican budget.

 

Mikhail Nikiforov, deputy chairman of the Government of the Republic Sakha Yakutia, said those funding money will be used to support the delivery of food to the arctic pluses (villages), he production of fermented milk products and to strengthen the material and technical base of healthcare facilities.

 

The Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, within the framework of an agreement with the region, will send funds for the implementation of a program of state support for the traditional economic activities of the indigenous peoples, for a priority project to create trade and logistics centers to improve the food supply of the Arctic uluses.

 

The Russian government is planning to build four trade and logistics centers in the regional centers of Nizhnekolymsky, Srednekolymsky, Verkhoyansky and Zhigansky districts. Earlier we mentioned the opening of trade and logistics centers in the Abyisky and Ust-Yansky districts.

 

FLYING TO THE ARCTIC

 

From January 1, 2022, all residents of the Arctic regions of Yakutia will be able to fly to Yakutsk and back using subsidized air tickets. The Republican budget will compensate up to 60 percent of the amount.

 

The new subsidizing mechanism removes restrictions not only on the age of passengers, but also on the seasonality of air travel, i.e. tickets are now available all year round. By the way, the quota on board has been increased from two to ten or more seats.

 

According to Olga Rafailova, Deputy Minister of Transport and Roads of the region, now instead of 24 thousand rubles you can fly from Yakutsk to Khonuu for 9,900 rubles, to Belaya Gora for 13,100 rub, to Chokurdakh — 12,700 rub, to Chersky — 16,100 rub. It should be clarified that only residents of uluses who live and are registered there can use discounted tickets.

 

Of course, we are glad the message of the head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, to the regional parliament on the launch of a mechanism for subsidizing air transportation began to take effect. However, We would like other residents of the region to have the opportunity to fly to the Arctic and back, because we live in the same republic. But, of course, this is not a matter of a single day.

 

SUBSIDIES FOR REINDEER HERDERS. WHAT'S NEW?

 

According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the republic this year subsidies to support reindeer husbandry in the Arctic uluses will be directed to the purchase of mobile houses, quadrocopters and the construction of corrals (pens) for deer. For these purposes, 39 million rubles are allocated from the federal budget.

 

This became possible thanks to an agreement between the regional government and the Ministry for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic. This is the first time such support from the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic will take place.

 

Today, the main agrarian headquarters of Yakutia is busy developing a regulation according to which subsidies will be distributed for the traditional industry of northerners. According to our Ministry of Agriculture, there are 700 reindeer herders in 13 northern regions.

 

News read by Valentin HOTU

Translated by Biraya ISAKOVA

Photo by YSIA

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