MINSK, 10 June (BelTA) – The most important task for the current five-year term is to even out social standards in urban and rural communities, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the national seminar-conference to discuss new methods and forms of public communication at the grassroots level, BelTA has learned.
“Let me remind the government and local authorities that the most important task for the five-year term is to equalize social standards for urban and rural areas. This concerns not only communication services, but also the quality and accessibility of transport, medical care. Such public services are much better in the capital city than in any district capital or an agro-town. Yet, it is the countryside that ensures our food security and, if you like, demographic security. The countryside is the pillar of the country's development,” the head of state emphasized.
A timely solution of social issues will remove many complaints and appeals. “Such an approach should be in place throughout the country,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.
The head of state recalled the new powers of the Communications and Informatization Ministry: “People are waiting for results, including when it comes to digital equality. The services of mobile network operators, Beltelecom, including Internet, cable and Internet television should be affordable and accessible, especially for residents of small towns and villages.”