Kazakhstan: Government program to improve quality of life in rural areas

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — At the meeting of the Government on April 29, chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin, approaches to implementation of the project “Aul – El Besigi” were approved. The project is aimed at improving the quality of life in the countryside and modernizing the social environment of rural areas, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

In the Address “Growing Welfare of Kazakh Citizens: Increasing Income and Quality of Life,” Elbasy (Leader of the Nation) Nursultan Nazarbayev set the task of modernizing the social infrastructure of villages through the project “Aul – El Besigi”.

Deputy Prime Minister Zhenis Kassymbek reported on the work carried out to identify promising villages.

Prime Minister Mamin said that until 2025, “Aul – El Besigi” will cover 80% of all rural residents, or about 2 thousand settlements with a total coverage of 6.1 million people. For the modernization of rural settlements, regional standards providing social and engineering infrastructure have been developed.

To implement the project it is planned to allocate 90 billion tenge, including 30 billion tenge in 2019, from the national budget for 2019–2021.

For effective implementation of the project, the Project Office was created under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Kassymbek. Similar regional offices will be created in the regions under the leadership of akims (governors).

Within seven years, it is planned to cover the processes of “managed urbanization” and create a more comfortable living environment in the supported villages, whose population will increase by 600 thousand people and reach 6.1 million in 2025.

“At the initial stage in 2019, we will modernize 52 district centers, which will improve the quality of life of almost 700 thousand people or 9% of the rural population. By 2025, it is planned to provide the necessary benefits and services to 80% of all rural residents,” Kassymbek said.

Sergey Kwan