It is not necessary for reindeer herders to visit settlements – help will find them in tundra
16:47 18 мая 2020
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Timely measures taken in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug on prevention from the spread of the coronavirus infection prevented from cases of infection among indigenous ethnic minorities of the North leading the nomadic lifestyle. The information was given in the regional department on affairs of indigenous ethnic minorities of the North.
The first deputy director of the department Roman Pikun said that the governor and the regional government had taken comprehensive measures to protect and support indigenous population. People were informed in a timely manner and protected as much as possible from contacts with residents of towns and settlements. Conditions for receiving and purchasing of all essential goods without visiting populated areas or retail outlets on objects of oil and gas industry were created at trading stations for nomadic population.
On the 11th of May the governor of Yamal Dmitry Artyukhov signed the decree on allocation of a one-time social payment to elderly tundra-dwellers (women of 55 years old and older, men of 60 years old and older) in the amount of five thousand rubles per person; to families with children under the age of 18 — in the amount of five thousand rubles for each child (born, adopted, a child under guardianship). It is important that the funds will be paid without applications from people. The region has the system of accounting for representatives of indigenous ethnic minorities, which allows transferring funds to the same accounts, where monthly “nomadic” payments to indigenous residents of Yamal are allocated to. It allows them not to contact the authorities once again and not to approach populated areas, where COVID-19 infected people may be located.
According to Roman Pikun, representatives of indigenous peoples will be able to submit applications for the federal payments through the portal of state services, as well as in the distance mode by phone without approaching locations, where a large number of people live. The analogous work has been done on regional payments with social protection agencies. But many families of reindeer herders have already left for nomadic routes and locations, to “summer” pastures. In remote hard-to-reach areas, where there is no mobile communication and Internet access, the local authorities have organized travels to tundra-dwellers in conformity with all precautionary measures and social distancing. The specialists are collecting applications for payments and submitting them to the regional administration of the Pension Fund of Russia and social protection agencies.
“A lot of work on delivery of products to nomadic population is also organized with consideration of the dangers of COVID-19”, Roman Pikun said. — “Recently one more group with basic necessities — food packages went through the opened crossing on the Ob River, its route is laid out in such a way that the delivery will cover more than 60 families. The group includes the president of the Association “Yamal is for descendants” Eduard Yaungad, specialists of the department on affairs of indigenous ethnic minorities of the North and the governance of indigenous peoples of Priuralskiy district. Such travels will be continued, and now we are working with municipalities on creation of a schedule of travels around tundra for the entire summer and autumn”.
All children of Yamal, who were sent from boarding schools and schools to their parents before schedule, were provided with a two-month supply of food. Also important actions on protection against the coronavirus include the large-scale information campaign. Not only mass media and social networks are included in the explanatory work. Several waves of messages on mobile and satellite phones have reached, according to experts, about ninety percent of nomadic population and almost all representatives of indigenous peoples living in settlements and towns of Yamal.