Medvedev orders 20 percent cut to Russia's bureaucracy

29th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday the number of state officials should be cut by 20 percent to rein in what analysts describe as a bloated and corrupt bureaucracy.

"I believe it right for the government to submit proposals on the reduction of state employees by around 20 percent," Medvedev said during his annual budget address.

Those cuts should be made over three years, said the text of the 2011-2013 budget address posted on the Kremlin website.

Medvedev said the money saved from those cuts should be used to reward the best.

"Part of the saved budget funds should be spent to stimulate those who achieve the best results in their work," Medvedev told top government officials, including Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in televised remarks.

The number of bureaucrats swelled under the 2000-2008 rule of Vladimir Putin as president to more than 1.5 million people.

Corruption scandals involving state employees are a frequent occurrence and hamper Medvedev's efforts to modernise the country, analysts say.

Last December, the Kremlin chief ordered a 20 percent cut to the staff of the Interior Ministry, which employs about 1.2 million people.

The cuts will have to be made by January 1, 2012 as part of the reform, which also foresees better salaries for police officers.

© 2010 AFP

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