State is ready to shift social responsibility on to private business
At a meeting with the local population in Polotsk, Belarus’ Deputy Prime Minister Natalia Kochanova said that there was demand for private kindergartens in Belarus. Due to the lack of funds, the Belarusian authorities continuously reduce state social responsibility vis-à-vis the Belarusian citizens, including in secondary and pre-school education. As the authorities restrict social aid from the state, they have to allow citizens and private business to engage in social fields, in particular, where the state is no longer able to preserve former level of assurance.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.