The government replaced the second indexation of pensions this year, a one-time payment in the amount of 5 thousand rubles in January 2017. This was announced by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting devoted to this issue.
“The results of today’s discussion, I think the right to carry out indexing in the form of a lump-sum cash payment, defined in amount of 5 thousand rubles”, — said the Prime Minister (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
According to Medvedev, the payment will require more than 200 billion rubles. He also stressed that the February indexation of pensions in 2017 will be fully implemented at the level of inflation, it will take more than 270 billion rubles.
In 2015, the government suspended the application norms of the law providing for the indexation of pensions to inflation for the previous year. As a result, in February 2016, pensions were increased by 12.9% and only 4%. Later, the head of government called a lower indexation of pensions “temporary measure” and promised to revert to the former procedure in the next year.
Later, however, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets reported that the government is discussing the possibility of replacing additional indexation of pensions to lump-sum payment, although a priority is considered “full indexing”.
In may 2016 the inhabitant of the Crimea complained, who has arrived to the Peninsula Medvedev for the lack of indexation of pensions. In response, he assured that the index in the Crimea.
“Just no money. Find the money, will do the indexing. You stay here, you all the best, good mood and health,” — said Medvedev.
Earlier in the second indexation of pensions questioned former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. According to him, in conditions of low oil prices, the government is simply nowhere to take the necessary indexing tools.
“In 2016, the indexation, if it was on actual inflation at 12%, would require approximately 660 billion RUB of additional expenses from the budget. Where to get them? To understand the scale of these issues, we have all higher education is worth 600 billion rubles, the Federal part of the health care costs of 300 billion rubles,” said Kudrin, speaking at the Gaidar forum.
On the eve of elections to the state Duma Medvedev, holding concurrently the post of Chairman of the party “United Russia, called on his party members it is fair to say that in the current environment wages and pensions in Russia increase sharply impossible.
“The truth is the best weapon in the competitive struggle during the election campaign. Let’s be honest: who would today neither was in power, he will not be able to increase the salary five times or pension to increase by several times, unless of course he doesn’t want to drain the whole country, to bankrupt the state and destroy the budget,” Medvedev said at a meeting with activists of “United Russia”.