Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to consider supporting online food delivery services by may 15. This and a number of other instructions were given by the Russian leader on April 11 following a meeting with business representatives on March 26, the Kremlin’s press service reports.
The government should work out measures to support such services including by partially subsidizing the cost of delivery to small and medium-sized businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
By the same deadline, the Cabinet of Ministers must implement additional measures to support socially oriented non-profit organizations that support citizens in the face of the spread of this virus.
The President also instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to consider the possibility of postponing a number of state purchases that were planned for the second half of the year to the second quarter by April 30.
At a meeting with entrepreneurs on March 26, Putin allowed the possibility of state support for delivering food to Russians at home, supporting the idea of one of the participants of the event to start subsidizing 50-50 online delivery orders for medium and small businesses for restaurants. “We just need to calculate how much by how much, “RIA Novosti quoted the Russian leader as saying.
The President also noted the difficult situation of small and medium-sized businesses, assuring that the Federal authorities “are aware of all these problems and are ready to listen to entrepreneurs to help them.”
During his address on March 25, due to the situation with coronavirus, Putin presented a number of measures to support domestic businesses. Among them is an offer to small and medium-sized businesses of tax deferrals and a call to impose a six-month moratorium on filing for bankruptcy of companies from industries that have found themselves in a difficult situation due to the pandemic.