29 April, 2019

Improving quality of life in rural areas: Project “Aul – El Besigi” to cover 80% of all rural residents by 2025

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Implementation of the project “Aul – El Besigi” was considered at the meeting of the Government chaired by the Prime Minister Askar Mamin. It is reported by the press service of PM.

Deputy Prime Minister Zhenis Kassymbek reported that, in accordance with the instructions of the First President – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev given at the XVIII Congress of the Nur Otan party February 27, 2019, the implementation of the Aul – El Besigi project have started.

The main goal of the project is to improve the quality of life in the countryside, modernize the social environment of rural areas, and bring them to regional standards. The project will address a number of tasks related to the development of social and engineering infrastructure in rural areas, ensuring the access of rural residents to social benefits and public services, and generally creating a more comfortable living environment.

Kassymbek reported that work is underway to improve the methodology and model for calculating indicators for prioritizing rural settlements in subsequent years. Regional standards are indicators of the quality of life of citizens, which include a list of specific criteria for the availability of social benefits and public services, as well as the provision of the necessary infrastructure for people's livelihoods. Thus, in the supporting villages, the availability of facilities and services that meet the industry standards, at least 19 in the centers of rural districts and 26 in the villages-district centers is provided. In this regard, when implementing infrastructure projects under existing state programs, an integrated approach to the development of supporting villages is used with the provision of a “budget filter” (priority development).

To implement the project it is planned to allocate 90 billion tenge, including 30 billion tenge in 2019 from the republican budget for 2019–2021.

Together with the regional akimats, 52 rural settlements were selected in 2019, where 454 activities will be implemented, of which 247 are aimed at developing transport infrastructure, 135 are social infrastructure and 72 are for housing and communal services.

Emphasis is placed on large settlements — regional centers with the largest number of population, which require the earliest possible resolution of the accumulated infrastructure issues. The amount of financing for one district center averaged about 670 million tenge. Currently, the implementation of projects from the local budget allocated 4.7 billion, or 15.8%.

For effective implementation of the project, the Project Office was created under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Zhenis Kassymbek. Similar regional offices will be created in the regions under the leadership of akims. The report of the regional project offices will be heard every two weeks. The project will be directly coordinated and administered by the Ministry of National Economy.

In addition, a public monitoring of the project will be organized with the participation of deputies of the Parliament and maslikhats, public figures, representatives of NGOs and the media.

Government has adopted a revised budget. Targeted transfers for the implementation of projects will be sent to the regions.

Akimats, in turn, need to ensure timely and effective utilization of the funds allocated, to carry out appropriate procedures for the implementation of projects in a quality manner — to announce tenders and launch them.

The implementation of the Aul – El Besigi project until 2025 inclusively will allow to modernize the social and engineering infrastructure of about 2 thousand rural settlements that have a high development potential (basic villages). It will also have a positive effect on the migration processes between the village and the city, between the rural settlements themselves with different levels of development.

Within seven years, it is planned to cover the processes of “managed urbanization” and create a more comfortable living environment in the supporting villages, whose population will increase by 600 thousand people and reach 6.1 million people in 2025.

“At the initial stage in 2019, we will modernize 52 district centers, which will improve the quality of life of almost 700 thousand people or 9% of the rural population. By 2025, it is planned to provide the necessary benefits and services according to the regional standards system to 80% of all rural residents,” Kassymbek informed.

The events held will give a new impetus to the development of rural areas and have a positive impact on the economy as a whole.

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