Bill on Rotational Settlements Proposed in Yakutia
The bill should regulate the procedure for the creation, operation and closure of rotational settlements.8 August 2022
The rotational work method is considered optimal for the development of the Far East and the Arctic; however, it does not help solve the issues of the relevant territories' socio-economic development. This situation can be corrected by the adoption of a bill regulating the creation, operation and closure of rotational settlements. TASS reports this news, citing Sakhamin Afanasyev, Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Land Relations, Natural Resources and Ecology of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) State Assembly (Il Tumen).
350 industrial enterprises in Yakutia use rotational work; they employ over 60 thousand workers, and over 200 rotational and seasonal settlements exist. Meanwhile, the activities of shift settlements impose a burden on municipalities, which is to be reimbursed from the local budget.
'The Parliament of Yakutia developed a draft law for the legal regulation of interaction of organizations using the rotational method with public authorities of the Russian regions where said settlements are located. The document proposes to regulate the creation, operation and closure of rotational settlements, as well as to establish the obligation to conclude agreements on cooperation in socio-economic development between the organisations and the supreme regional executive authorities, municipalities and districts where said settlements are located,' Afanasyev said.
The document also provides for the issuance of permits and the procedure for the creation of rotational settlements, as well as for introducing quotas on jobs for people living in the region where said settlement will be located. Also, regional authorities believe that it is necessary to provide in advance for the approval of local urban planning standards and to regulate the environmental aspects of the activities of such settlements when creating them.