Working meeting with Interior Minister Igor Shunevich

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The optimization in the Interior Ministry is necessary. However, there should not be mindless personnel reduction, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during the working meeting with Interior Minister Igor Shunevich.

“We cannot avoid it. You regularly inform me that the crime rate is declining. This means that we need to prevent mindless personnel reduction and focus on the optimization of agencies,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The President emphasized that the funds saved thanks to this will remain on the accounts of the ministry. “You will be able to increase wages, buy office assets, ammunition and so on. This is how you will act in the future: all the saved funds will remain at your disposal. Besides, this figure will be doubled. For example, if you save Br10 million after the optimization, you will get Br20 million – Br10 million worth of the saved funds and Br10 million worth of additional funds from the budget,” the head of state stressed. “Therefore, you should be interested in this without compromising your service. There should be no mindless personnel reduction. We should take care of good policemen. If they deserve to continue their service and are needed, they should not be fired. Those who do not want or cannot serve well must be relieved of their duties. Therefore, we need rational optimization.”

The possibility of setting up a nationwide system to monitor public security is under consideration in Belarus. “It is not the first time we are faced with the decision. We need a system in place. But it is important to me who will oversee the system, who will be responsible for it, and what we have done so far. And how much money will we need to finish it?” Aleksandr Lukashenkosaid.

Yet the President underscored that the system needs to be created only if it is necessary. “It has to be created only if we need it. If we need it now instead of some distant future. Otherwise, we may waste money by setting up a system that will become outdated by the time we need it. In other words, we need to create things that we need right now for life,” noted the head of state.