The Finance Ministry has found a way to save 260 million rubles at the expense of bonus miles

The Ministry of Finance placed on the website the draft law, which proposes to consolidate the privileges obtained in connection with official business of carriers by air, rail, water and road transport and organizations offering hospitality services”, not for specific officials and agencies, guiding them in business. This provision it is proposed to include in article 17 of the law “On state civil service of the Russian Federation”.

The adoption of the law stated in the explanatory Memorandum, will allow the Federal budget to save at least 260 million rubles annually: staff travel will now be paid including bonus miles.

The proposal to restrict usage rights by officials for personal use of miles and points earned for travel on official business was contained in the report “On main directions of activities of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in 2015 and the tasks of bodies of the financial system of the Russian Federation for 2016”. In the report, the Ministry of Finance also proposed to refuse to provide officials to VIP Lounges in airports and railway stations, not to secure personal vehicles for civil servants (with the exception of those included in the highest group of officials), cut square, used by government agencies (due to the reduction in the number of civil servants).

In a press-service of the Ministry of labor did not comment on the initiative of the Ministry of Finance. The Department explained that the financing of civil service and civil servants are the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry is only responsible for the development of the civil service and the qualification requirements for officials. Aeroflot and S7 was unable to immediately comment on the Finance Ministry’s proposals, promising to send comments later.

Since last year adopted a number of restrictions that need to save some spending budget for the maintenance of officials. In December 2015, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on the reduction from 1 January 2016 10% of the number of civil servants. In September 2015, he signed a decree which specifically prohibits the heads of Federal authorities to order a car more than 2.5 million rubles.