Civic Chamber proposes transfer of job centre functions to NGOs
The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation believes that socially-oriented NGOs are capable of providing employment opportunities for the least competitive categories of the unemployed, including people with disabilities, families with many children and orphans.
The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation has appealed to Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs Olga Golodets with a proposal to transfer part of the duties of the public employment services and job centres to socially-oriented non-profit organisations, reports the TASS news agency.
“Entirely objective nationwide monitoring has been conducted by the Regional Civic Chambers of the various regions and we have found evidence of serious violations. I am assured that the state seems to be coping badly with such work, and considering the Presidential proclamation of Vladimir Putin for the transfer of the state’s social functions to socially-oriented NGOs due to the crisis, it is absolutely necessary to begin this process of the “denationalisation” of the employment service-providers,” the news agency quotes Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation member Vladimir Slepak as saying.
The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation believes that the transfer of employment services and job centre functions to socially-oriented NGOs will, specifically, help to guarantee the provision of employment opportunities for the least competitive categories of the unemployed – people with disabilities, families with many children and orphans. In addition, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation has proposed a toughtening of the responsibilities of employers for not complying with rendering assistance in securing employment for the population and the introduction of punishment for failing to do so.
Earlier, the government approved a draft programme for the gradual provision of access to the budgetary resources for socially-oriented NGOs. The draft programme covers the period from 2016 to 2020. A series of projects organised as part of the programme for the provision of socially-oriented NGOs with access to the budgetary resources is planned for initial testing in pilot regions.
AUTHOR: Georgiy Ivanushkin