Third Come On: Families With Small Children Are Invited To Deprive Them Of Support

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Third Come On: Families With Small Children Are Invited To Deprive Them Of Support
Third Come On: Families With Small Children Are Invited To Deprive Them Of Support

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The appearance of the first and second child in Russian families should not concern the state, and families should be supported only if a third child appears there.

Kaluga Governor Anatoly Artamonov came up with such a fresh initiative to solve the demographic problem: “Any sensible woman is trying to give birth to her first child anyway, without our urging. In any conditions, she will try to give birth to a child - this is the physiology that calls her to this”.

According to the head of the region, if a woman wants to have children, she will give birth to them in any conditions, even in a barn.

Low-income families are now eligible to receive a monthly payment in connection with the birth of their first and second children. Funds for this come from maternity capital.

The governor honestly admitted that it is impossible to implement some measures to stimulate the birth rate - “there is no money and there will be no money”.

The Kaluga governor, which is strange for an official of this level, does not understand what the state support for families with children is for, says Anatoly Vishnevsky, director of the Institute of Demography at the Higher School of Economics.

Child benefits are not paid so that parents can use them in their favor. Child allowances are paid - at least as intended, and as their name implies - to equalize the social conditions of children. Therefore, the proposal to deprive financial support of those children who do not have two more sisters or brothers looks at least immoral, - he says.

Artamonov gave his remark that in his understanding the state "buys" children from citizens for money - and why pay for something that citizens are ready to give to the state for free.

In addition, by offering to "push" families to have a third child, promising material support after this milestone, the state leaves the first and second children the function of "scaffolding" along which their parents will be forced to climb to the cherished goal.

One can imagine what kind of "warm" feelings older children will have for the state when they grow up and realize that it used them, in fact, as a building material.

For normal parents, the main thing is not the number of children, but the quality of their life. Benefits for families with children are not given for the number of children, but to help parents improve this quality of life. The governor is greatly mistaken if he believes that people give birth to children to help the state solve the demographic problem. No matter how patriotic the father and mother are, they give birth to children for themselves, and not for the state, - emphasizes Vishnevsky.

According to Rosstat data, as of January 1, 2019, the population of Russia (including Crimea) was 146.793 million people. Over the past year, the population of the country has decreased by 86,700 people. If we count purely mathematically, and demography is an exact science, then exactly two centuries (in 2200) Russia will turn into a country in which not a single Russian will remain (that is, people whose ancestors had Russian as their mother tongue for several generations in a row).

Of course, in the literal sense, Russia will never become deserted - only those people who in two hundred years will live on its territory, genetically and culturally, will not have any connection with the Russian ethnos.

Fortunately, it is not always correct to transfer mathematical formulas to social processes. After all, no one is eager to be "the last of the Mohicans" - that is, from the Russians, Doctor of Economics, Professor of RANEPA Alexander Shcherbakov is trying to add a spoonful of honey.

The desire to have offspring is inherent in human instinct. Man is a social being, he cannot live in splendid isolation.Therefore, the processes of depopulation and population growth are cyclical. We saw this even in the life of one generation: from the 1990s to the early 2000s, the population of Russia was declining, then for a decade and a half there was an increase in the birth rate, and in the last couple of years, the decline in the birth rate has resumed, he recalls.

In his opinion, the state demographic policy should correspond to the socio-biological instinct of a person and consist not only of appeals to "multiply and multiply" (although this is not superfluous in itself), but also in a real, material component - the one that Kaluga considers excessive governor.

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