The state Duma Committee supported the change to pension legislation

The state Duma Committee supported the change to pension legislation

MOSCOW, 17 Jul — RIA Novosti. The state Duma Committee on health at the meeting on Tuesday supported the government bill on changes in pension legislation.

The Committee, in its conclusion, noted that this issue requires a systemic approach and integrated measures aimed at protecting the health of the population, the extension of working period of life of older people and consistently improve the level of their financial security. In addition, the Committee pointed to the need to increase the availability of social and health services and the development of social service system for citizens over the age of 80 years.

In addition, the Committee stressed the need to preserve the institution of early pensions, including for healthcare workers and for activities in special working conditions.

“We consider it necessary on the basis of continuous monitoring of the current situation to improve the existing list of productions, works, professions, positions and indicators entitling to a pension on preferential terms,” — said in the conclusion of the Committee.

“The State Duma Committee on health supports the draft Federal law… taking into account the comments made”, — the document says.

In addition, on Tuesday, the bill will also address the relevant Committee on labour and social policy and the Committee co-contractor for regional policy and problems of North and Far East. After the presentation of the findings in the bill state Duma will consider in the first reading.

As reported earlier, the Chairman of the faction “United Russia” Andrei Isayev, in the first reading the bill on amendments to the pension law the state Duma may consider in plenary meeting, on 19 July.

Earlier, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the government proposes to raise the age of retirement to 65 years for men and 63 years for women. The process will be phased and will start in 2019. The government has submitted relevant bills to the state Duma after consideration at a meeting of the Russian tripartite Commission (RTC) for regulating social-labour relations. The regions should discuss the draft amendment to pension legislation. First Vice-speaker of the lower chamber Alexander Zhukov said earlier that the bill will pass in the autumn in the state Duma in second and third, final, reading.

The bill of the Cabinet noted that this initiative will create the conditions for annual indexation of pensions above the rate of inflation in balance and long-term financial sustainability of the pension system of the Russian Federation as a whole.

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov on the meeting of the tripartite Commission stated that the changes in pension legislation and taxation should provide a new quality of economic growth and enhance the quality of life of citizens. According to him, the pension bill aims to increase the real pension in the country. All funds received through its implementation, will go to social sector, special emphasis will be placed on health. The Ministry of Finance, according to Siluanov, in 2018 will prepare for submission to the state Duma the project about the voluntary pension savings and develop a system of insurance in which the government will guarantee the safety of pension capital, and the possibility of early payments in case of unforeseen circumstances. He also said that the government plans to increase the size of unemployment benefits for citizens who will be unemployed shortly before retirement.

According to the head of Sberbank German Gref, the proposed changes will contribute to pensions to a decent level. According to the head of the accounts chamber of the Russian Federation Alexey Kudrin, the increase in the retirement age would yield savings to the budget of the Russian Federation in 2024 1 trillion rubles a year, a significant portion of these funds, the authorities will direct on increase of pensions. The President of the Association of private pension funds Sergei Belyakov said that the decision to raise the retirement age overdue, this is required fundamentally changing demographic trends and age structure of the population in the Russian Federation.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, Russia produced a set of measures aimed to dismissed people close to retirement age “was not abandoned.” In addition, the Institute will deploy active employment programmes, by which is meant the re-training and re-training and increased their funding. Golikova also has informed that the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation refining the concept of individual pension capital, which is intended to modernize the system of formation of the cumulative part of the pension, the process is scheduled to be completed by fall.