The state must be proactive in offering electronic services to the public

7 august 2018 | RBC-TV

Digitization can reduce the number of officials by a third over the next 6 years, Head of the Accounts Chamber was quoted by an RBC TV correspondent. This will allow, among other things, to reduce the pressure being put on business by oversight and supervision authorities.

Mikhail Pryadilnikov
Mikhail Pryadilnikov

"Great effects can be achieved through the digitization of state services," Deputy Head of the Analytical Center Mikhail Pryadilnikov commented in a live appearance on RBC TV. "For example, the Federal Tax Service reduces the number of field audits every year while the effectiveness of these audits is rising."

According to Mr. Pryadilnikov, efforts are needed to not only reduce the number of state officials but also make their work more efficient: not to burden them with additional functions and meaningless tasks. In addition, the state must be proactive in offering electronic services to the public.

At the very beginning the expenses on digitization will soar but all these up front investments will pay back in short order, the expert believes. According to him, over the next 3-4 years, we should begin optimizing budget spending on state governance, meaning that our expenses should fall. Currently, money is being spent on introducing digital document processing, however, reduced spending on the government officials and their functions will translate into an overall budget optimization for the state.

Answering a question from the correspondent about the impact of digitization on the supervisory functions of the state, Mikhail Pryadilnikov said: "We have been reforming the monitoring and supervision function for three years now and one initiative is to introduce intelligent supervision, digitization of all risks and, most important, remote analysis of all these risks. In other words, it will be possible to request reports remotely, and that means a lot of work and once we finish it, the pressure that business is put under will decline and the number of government officials will go down as well."

Source: RBC TV