MOSCOW, August 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his televised address on Wednesday the retirement age for women should be 60 rather than 63.

“The retirement age for women should not increase more than for men. That’s why I believe it is necessary to reduce the increase in the retirement age for women proposed by the law from 8 to 5 years,” Putin said.

The president said the draft bill on the pension reform suggests increasing the retirement age for women by eight years and for men by five years. “That wouldn’t do, certainly. This is wrong,” Putin said.

“The retirement age for women should not outpace that of men. That’s why I believe it is necessary to reduce the increase in the retirement age for women proposed by the legislation from 8 to 5 years,” Putin said, noting, “Our country’s attitude towards women is unique and compassionate.” “We understand that not only do they work, but usually, they are the backbone of the entire home, caring for the family, educating the children and taking care of the grandchildren.”

Putin also noted that women who have 37 years of work experience and men who have 42 years of work experience should have the right to early retirement. The draft law suggests that women and men may retire early if they work for 40 and 45 years, respectively.

“Those who started working early should have an opportunity to retire not only because of their age, but taking into account their work experience,” the president said.

The draft bill on changes to the national pension system submitted by the government to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, stipulates a gradual increase in the retirement age to 65 for men (by 2028) and 63 for women (by 2034).

Main aim of the reform

Ensuring stable pension growth is the main aim of the planned pension reform, according to Putin.

“On June 16, 2018, the Russian government submitted a pension reform bill to the State Duma,” Putin said. “On July 19, the parliament passed the first reading of the bill. Its main aim is to ensure the pension system’s stability in years to come. It means that there is a need not only to maintain the current pension revenues of the retired people but also increase pensions in the future,” the head of state added.

The proposed changes in the pension system will make it possible not only to maintain the income level of retired people, but also to ensure a steady growth of their incomes, Putin stressed.

“The proposed changes in the pension system will make it possible not only to maintain the level of incomes of retired people, but, what is most important, to ensure their steady, outstripping growth. As early as 2019, inflation adjustment of old-age pensions will be about 7%, which is twice as high as the projected inflation at the end of 2018. In general, over the next six years we will be able to annually increase the old-age pension for non-working pensioners by an average of 1,000 rubles ($14.7),” Putin said.

Alternatives were found unviable

According to the president, alternative ways of developing the pension system without raising the retirement age were considered, but were found unviable.

“By my request the government has been working on this issue until recently. They thoroughly studied and calculated all possible alternative scenarios. It turned out that, in fact, they do not solve anything radically. At best they only patch holes, or even worse – they carry destructive consequences for the country’s economy as a whole,” the president said.

Penalties for dismissing pre-retirement age workers

Putin said that employers should be made liable for dismissing or refusing to employ pre-retirement age individuals without grounds.

“I consider it necessary to set administrative and even criminal liability for employers for dismissing pre-retirement age workers and also for refusing to employ citizens due to their age. The corresponding changes to the legislation have to be introduced along with the approval of the bill on raising the retirement age,” the Russian leader said.

According to Putin, “it would be wrong and unfair to use only administrative measures in this regard.” “That is why, I instruct the government to offer real incentives for business so that employers should be interested in employing and keeping in workplaces pre-retirement age citizens,” the Russian president added.

As Putin said, “seniors normally have good professional experience and these are, as a rule, reliable and disciplined employees and they can bring big benefits for their enterprises and companies.”

“At the same time, it is important that they, like younger employees, could undergo required re-retraining, if they wish so, to gain new skills and raise their qualification. In this regard, I instruct the government to approve a special advanced training program for pre-retirement age citizens. It should go into effect as soon as possible and should be financed from the federal budget,” the Russian president suggested.

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