MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Session with high-ranking officials of the Belarus President Administration
24 October 2017
There are a few problems with executive discipline among civil servants
and in the work with people’s petitions, Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session with the high-ranking
officials of the Belarus
President Administration on 24 October.
The agenda of the session included such issues as the personnel policy,
the prestige and status of civil service. “You have proposals and questions. I
am ready to discuss them,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “We will traditionally discuss
the fulfillment of the President’s instructions at such meetings. First of all,
I have warned the head of the Belarus
President Administration that we have problems (I do not know if they are big
or small) and today we will make conclusions about the executive and,
unfortunately, labor discipline of our civil servants. I asked to monitor these
issues and report to me today.”
According to the President, another issue on the agenda is the
efficiency of work with people’s petitions. Corresponding instructions were
given some time ago. “We need a normal way of work with people’s petitions. Since
Soviet times, the situation has been as follows: some people write to the
President Administration or to the attention of the President, someone complain
of the local authorities, and we send these petitions there for consideration. There
is a flow of unnecessary information, we pay for it, deliver letters by mail,
and then they are sent back. We also use expensive courier services. We should
stop it. And I want concrete proposals here,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.
Alexander Lukashenko remarked that such meetings with the high-ranking
officials of the Belarus
President Administration will be held on a regular basis, for example, once in
two months. The event was also attended by State Secretary of the Security
Council Stanislav Zas and Head of the Belarus President Property
Management Directorate Viktor Sheiman.
The President stressed that at such meetings he wants to discuss urgent
issues which require the President’s attention rather than to listen to the
reports. “I would like to work in a way to convince people that it is possible
to inform the President about the resolution of certain issues directly and
raise all kinds of questions. It is possible, this is the form of work. And you
are the initiators here. If there are many such questions we can have more
frequent meetings,” he said.
At the same time, Alexander Lukashenko remarked that any participant of
the session can inform the President about the current state of affairs even
without a session. “However, such sessions help outline certain priorities of
work and take corresponding measures,” the head of state noted.
“And I want to warn you that the decisions we are making here should be
irrevocably fulfilled. There will be no chance to kick around ideas and put
them on the back burner. Today we must determine the key objectives of our work
and, of course, discuss pending issues,” Alexander Lukashenko concluded.