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Andrey Belousov, First Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Russian Railways, summed up the results of the past year and spoke about the company’s key objectives for 2021.
The First Deputy Prime Minister stressed that Russian Railways is of decisive importance for the Russian economy. The contribution of the company and all cooperative enterprises to Russia’s GDP last year amounted to 5.5%. The share of railway transport, excluding pipeline transport, in the country’s freight turnover reached 87%.
Despite the pandemic, which hit hard across the entire railway industry, primarily in passenger traffic, Russian Railways has withstood the test of strength with dignity and recorded a positive financial result.
“Moreover, the company has successfully placed perpetual bonds in the amount of RUB 313 billion. This made it possible to implement an investment program in the amount of 717 billion rubles. Slightly lower than the pre-crisis plan, which we had at the beginning of 2020, but higher than the level of 2019 by 43 billion rubles, ”said Andrey Belousov.
The First Deputy Prime Minister noted the merits of the production, passenger, logistics, economic, investment and building blocks of the company.
“I want to thank the whole team for the work done – everyone who worked, without exaggeration, in an emergency mode. During this difficult time, you acted efficiently and smoothly. You managed to ensure uninterrupted operation and maintain the quality of transport services, ”he stressed.
Speaking about the tasks of the company in 2021, Andrey Belousov noted that, first of all, it is necessary to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the passenger complex in suburban and long-distance traffic, especially in conditions of recovering demand. According to him, this year traffic in the suburbs is expected to increase by 12% compared to 2019.
“The organizers of suburban traffic – Russian Railways, regions and suburban companies – must work in a unified manner. Funding for the relevant commitments must be met in full and on time. At the same time, uncontested routes and routes to hard-to-reach settlements should not be reduced. Support for privileged categories of citizens should be preserved, ”said Andrey Belousov.
The chairman of the board of directors of the company called the unconditional fulfillment of all investment plans another key task. The volume of the investment program of JSC Russian Railways for 2021–2023 exceeds 3 trillion rubles, of which 731.6 billion rubles for the current year.
Special attention should be paid to the development of the BAM and Transsib. The First Deputy Prime Minister noted that the first stage of the development of the highways and the Mezhdurechensk – Taishet section should be completed already in 2021. This year, the implementation of the second stage of the Eastern polygon should begin.
“We will move on to stricter and more detailed control over the activities of these projects. We will monitor on a regular basis the indicators of the carrying and capacity of the sections. Control the timely receipt of project documentation, the conclusion of contracts for the entire design and construction cycle, financing and labor resources, ”stressed Andrey Belousov.
It is also necessary to complete the tasks of overhauling the track and acquiring new rolling stock. The First Deputy Prime Minister called for special measures and drew attention to the fact that today almost 24 thousand kilometers of track are overdue. This affects the efficiency of the transport complex. Over 120 billion rubles of Russian Railways’ own funds will be allocated to renew the rolling stock this year.
To increase the transparency of rail transportation, it is necessary to implement a “take or pay” contracting mechanism with the main shippers.
“First of all, we need to work out coal transportation. This task is the most acute today, taking into account the social significance of this cargo, ”said the First Deputy Prime Minister. All legal issues related to the conclusion of such agreements must be resolved in the first half of the year and try, at least in a pilot mode, to switch to this system by the end of 2021.
Andrey Belousov also noted the importance of compliance with social obligations to employees in the coming year.
“Taking into account the complexity of the past year, the workloads experienced by the employees, the company must ensure the strict fulfillment of its social obligations,” he said, recalling that the relevant obligations are enshrined in the collective agreement of Russian Railways. Last year, about 100 billion rubles were allocated for its implementation.
“In 2021, about 24 billion rubles will be additionally allocated for the indexation of wages in the amount of 3.7%,” said the First Deputy Prime Minister.
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