Mikhail Men, the governor of the Ivanovo region of Russia, set forth an initiative to provide all large families in the region with plots of land free of charge.
The governor suggested the initiative for large families - the families that have many children, not just those who had their third child born after January 1, 2011. The head of the region made the announcement on May 17th, at the ceremony to award the winners of The Family of the Year Contest, which took place at the State Philharmonic Hall of Ivanovo.
"I believe that one should support all large families of the region that raise three and more underage children," Mikhail Men said. The governor stressed out that the law about the allocation of land for the families and three and more children came into effect in the Ivanovo region in January 1, 2011.
Three hundred families have already used the privilege, 500 more families collect documents.
"Other families would address to me often as well. They had three and even five children, but the children were born before 2011. I can understand their offence, and I decided to consider an opportunity of a stimulating measure for all families," the governor said.
Mikhail Men said that he had conducted a meeting with the administration of the regional parliament, the Complex of the Social Sphere of the Ivanovo region and the department of the property administration of the region. "We analyzed the opportunities in implementing the new bill. There are only 3,500 large families in the region. I believe that together with deputies and administrations of municipalities we will be able to help those families," Mikhail Men said.
The governor ordered the departments to study the issue in detail and report when it could be submitted to the regional Duma.
Mikhail Men stressed out that he would insist on delivering the plots of land to large families for their entire property.
"Some say that one should restrict the conditions for the use of such land, but I am against it. Families are entitled to use them the way they want - they can build a house there, a dacha or just sell it," the governor said.