“I see that construction is going well in your country, good indicators in construction, investments continue. So there is something to report and something to rejoice at,” Putin said at the beginning of the meeting.
Nikitin, in turn, spoke about other successes in the region: the Novgorod region ranks fifth in the country in terms of real income growth. “Poverty has decreased significantly. This year we announced a year of social support in the region and we are looking at additional support measures for those people who need it”, he said. In addition, according to him, the problem of deceived shareholders has been resolved in the region: all people have received their homes. “We are advanced in the elimination of the emergency fund, although of course, there is still a lot of work to do, that is why we want to advance to the second stage and continue with this whole story,” he added.
Among the challenges facing the region is the low unemployment rate. “We were so stubborn with him that now he has 3.1 percent,” Nikitin said. “There is a shortage of workers,” Putin replied. The governor said that this problem is being solved consistently in the region. “We are signing an agreement with all the employers, taking into account their interests in the training of personnel from the first year on,” he said. Therefore, according to him, now about 80 percent of Novgorod children choose local colleges and technical schools, and most of them also go to Novgorod enterprises later.
Putin, in turn, drew attention to the state of schools in the region. “You said a few words about the schools. I think 63 percent of the schools need repair and rebuilding,” he said. Nikitin said that 30 of them are already being repaired this year under the presidential program. “That is, the pace is good, and is this program being implemented?” asked the president. Nikitin said that the program really turned out to be very popular and was enthusiastically received by parents of schoolchildren. “They are always on, they control the furniture, the colors, the design,” he said.
Speaking about the health situation in the region, Putin drew attention to the fact that in the Novgorod region cardiovascular diseases, as well as in many other regions of the country, rank first. Nikitin responded by saying that a unified cardiovascular service is being created in the region. “We put everyone on the register, we call everyone several times a year, we remind them: look, go, take pills,” he explained.
Putin also instructed the governor of the Novgorod region to address the issue of water quality in the region. “You know, of course, you need to pay attention to those problems that you are well aware of. However, we must work on them, to eliminate these problems. First of all, this is water quality. You know about this. I understand that this It is an issue that requires a lot of capital, it takes time. But it should not be overlooked,” said the head of state. “Of course, Vladimir Vladimirovich,” Nikitin said.
Another issue that the president drew attention to is the high rate of deaths on the highways. “What is the reason for this?” Putin asked.
The governor has explained that to a large extent this problem is due to the M-10 highway, which crosses the region. “We just need to carry out security measures there. They started from the Valdai side, from the Tver side. But our colleagues have a great program, we will help them here in every possible way,” Nikitin promised.