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On January 30, 2019, The All-Russian meeting on the implementation in the Russian regions the pilot projects aimed at increasing income of the country’s population and decreasing poverty level was held in Nizhny Novgorod

Lilia Ovcharova, Director of the Institute for Social Policy, took part in the meeting and made a presentation titled ‘How to increase the real income of citizens: some suggestions’.

The meeting was held with the participation of Maxim Topilin, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of the Russian Federation, Igor Komarov, Plenipotentiary of the President in the Volga Federal District, Gleb Nikitin, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, and the representatives of 54 federal subjects of Russia.

The meeting held in Nizhny Novgorod was a part of a framework to implement the Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation № 204 of 07.05.2018 ‘On National Goals and Strategic Objectives of the Russian Federation through to 2024’. The Order demands the Government of the Russian Federation to guarantee the achievement of the national goals through to 2024. They include sustainable growth of the real wages of the citizens as well as the growth of pensions above inflation level and cut poverty in half in the country.

The pilot project should result in the development of the most effective mechanisms (including the services of employment, social adaptation and rehabilitation, etc.) to detect and provide with governmental help the low-income families, which would benefit from it.