“You are aware of the situation around the country. You know the situation inside the country as well as I do, at least where you work. You are not newcomers. Everyone graduated from the Academy of Public Administration, you knew where you were heading. We can’t say that the time is difficult nowadays – it has always been not easy for us. I have already said more than once that this is a time of opportunities. Everyone has their own opportunities,” noted Aleksandr Lukashenko.
According to him, each leader has his own zone of responsibility, “All these districts are agrarian, so the number one issue is agriculture and personnel. The only thing I ask you is to be more independent locally. Unfortunately, I do not see much activity from chairs of local executive committees. I don’t mean that they didn’t appear on TV or didn’t say something somewhere. I mean decision making in the area where they work.”
The Belarusian Head of State recalled his instruction that during this year each of the chairs is implementing some kind of investment project to ensure that people are employed, “If someone has not yet taken up agricultural machinery, do it now. Make normal agricultural equipment. If someone has not yet organised the work of the mobile mechanical unit, do it. Because there can’t be an owner in an area that doesn’t have 100-120 builders at hand. In general, we need one normal project per year. Let it be big or small, but people should see some kind of movement and get jobs.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko advised the chairs of district executive committees not to visit collective farms and state-run farms very frequently, “Two or three farms in the district are doing bad. These are the ones you are responsible for. Turn your attention to them. And where everything is good you can go there on weekends to teach people how to work. One of your farms should be ideal to show young professionals where we are heading. As far as dairy farms, grain drying farms and engineering yards are concerned, people need to be taught. Not in words, but in practice. People should be brought there and shown everything. There is no need to do anything fancy there. It must be properly fenced, and there must be order inside. The same refers to grain drying farms and other production facilities.”