Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged governors to supervise constantly timely payments of salaries at enterprises. After the 9.5% reduction in April the wage arrears grew a little bit in May, the Russian premier said at a meeting of the Governmental Commission for Regional Development in Barnaul on Friday.
“The point at issue is not abstract economic entities, but concrete people,” he noted. “It is necessary to work with the owners of such problematic enterprises, contribute to the civilized settlement of corporative conflicts, help to receive credits, find orders and the sale markets, and sometimes solve other problems that are often obvious,” the premier said.
“Certainly it is not always within the authority of regional chief executives, but during the crisis it is necessary to deal with it,” Putin said with confidence. “Many issues are also not within our competence, but we cope and will cope with it,” he said.
“If we fail to solve the problems on our own, lack power leverages at the regional level, please, work closer with the federal executive authorities and ministries. They should and will give assistance to you,” the Russian prime minister said, noting, “these instructions were given repeatedly and I repeat once again today.”