Putin names 5 priorities of state policy in North Caucasian Federal District

The Russian Security Council that assembled for an expanded meeting on Monday will mull the guidelines of the government policy in the North Caucasian Federal District.

The Russian Security Council that assembled for an expanded meeting on Monday will mull the guidelines of the government policy in the North Caucasian Federal District.

"This is a qualitatively new policy document. It takes into account the current state of affairs in the region and contains a broad range of tasks and directions of operations for the present and future," President Vladimir Putin said at the Security Council session.

He named the five priorities named in the program, in the first place the acceleration of the region's social and economic development.

Putin stressed that the success of stabilization processes directly depends on the employment rate and wellbeing of the population.

"People living in the North Caucasian Federal District need quality jobs, modern ones like in other parts of the Russian Federation, new opportunities for getting housing and education, for leisure and sports. There is an apparent shortage of such opportunities," he said.

Meanwhile, the speed and scale of economic and social development in the federal district significantly lags behind the Russian average. Unemployment is the highest in the country, especially among young people. "This is breeding ground for extremism," Putin said.

He also pointed out that in conditions of a high birth rate the district is in sharp need of housing, policlinics, pre-school institutions and schools.

The president named security as the second priority.

It is no less important to intensify resistance to corruption and attempts of foreign countries to use the problems of the North Caucasus to damage Russia's interests.

Putin called for explaining to the public the essence and logic of all the steps taken in the North Caucasus.

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