MINSK, 22 April (BelTA) – Despite all the complications and the difficult economic situation the government should be primarily concerned with interests of ordinary people. First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Nikolai Snopkov made the statement after delivering a report on budget policy in current conditions to Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.
Nikolai Snopkov said: “Our head of state Aleksandr Grigoryevich Lukashenko wants the government to focus on people, including in matters concerning today's budget issues. In other words, despite all the complications and the difficult economic situation the government should primarily pay attention to people. Not economy for the sake of economy but economy for the sake of people.”
The demand is fully realized in the budget sphere, Nikolai Snopkov stressed. “People should get salaries, welfare benefits, and pensions. It is undoubtedly what the government has to secure regardless of all the difficulties caused by the sanctions-fueled pressure. Welfare benefits, pensions, and salaries will be paid in full and on time.”
As for the possibility of raising them due to inflation, the government and the Finance Ministry will consider it depending on the budget execution and inflation in order for people not to feel the problems the country is experiencing due to the pressure of sanctions, the official said.