The authorities of Yamal will throw all efforts to improve welfare of tundra-dwellers
16:51 24 мая 2019
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The list of essential goods being purchased for nomads will be perfected in Yamal in 2019. This is the response to the request of tundra-dwellers leading the nomadic lifestyle.
Issues of stability of socioeconomic development in the sphere of interests of indigenous northerners were discussed in Salekhard on the 24th of May. The vice-governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Irina Sokolova, heads of specialized departments and local authorities participated in the conference.
Irina Sokolova told about measures of state support being implemented in the region for indigenous ethnic minorities of the North leading the traditional way of life. In 2019 more than 138 million rubles will be allocated for implementation of the regional standard of material security. For these funds the municipal authorities purchase essential goods for nomads — choums and their components, ovens, tarpaulin, broadcloth, materials for fishing nets, medical kits and others, as the press service of the head of the region writes. (The note: a choum is dwelling of reindeer herders; it is similar to a tepee).
“There is no such system of state support for indigenous ethnic minorities in any other region of Russia. Nevertheless, population has the request to improve mechanisms of state assistance”, said Irina Sokolova.
Increase in payments per family for purchase of fuel for mini-power plants up to 7 thousand rubles per year since 2019 became the response to the request of tundra-dwellers. The allocated funds will be enough to provide 5 thousand families. Winter “nyuks” to cover choums will be given to 40 families, long poles – to 50 families of Yamalskiy, Nadymskiy, Shuryshkarskiy, Tazovskiy districts and Salekhard. (“Nyuk” is an upper cover of a choum – dwelling of nomads; “nyuk” is made of reindeer hides with fur on the outside). It is planned to purchase 300 satellite telephones during the year. Each handset comes with a SIM card with free 250 minutes of conversations. Within three years it is planned fully to provide nomads with satellite communication.
The local authorities are called for more active assistance in implementation of rights of nomadic population, while using the resource of public organizations. According to the vice-governor of the region Irina Sokolova, the task of all levels of the power is to contribute to self-actualization of indigenous northerners, growth of their material wellbeing and protection of native environment of indigenous northerners.
“In his message the governor of Yamal Dmitry Artyukhov spoke about the necessity to improve welfare of families leading the traditional lifestyle. And we must fulfill this task. It is important that the authorities would stay in constant dialogue with the population. If people have problems, then solutions should be available. These decisions can be taken at the municipal level. If help of the regional authorities is necessary – then the initiative from the heads of settlements and district administrations is necessary as well. Then all issues will be solved successfully and promptly”, Irina Sokolova said.