“Malinovka” gardeners’ partnership head believes Putin can help Penza dacha owners
Penza, 17 April 2015. PenzaNews. Head of the Penza region gardeners’ non-commercial partnership (GNCP) “Malinovka,” which he called the largest in the region, failed to contact the Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Direct Line held on Thursday, April 16, but sent an SMS message asking to help resolve the dacha bus issues.
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“Just in case. In the end [of the Direct Line,] Vladimir Putin said himself that all addresses will be reviewed and the government will take measures and help those in need if necessary,” Oleg Semenov commented for PenzaNews agency.
To protect their rights, he added, the owners of dachas sent an address to the All-Russian People’s Front (APF) that will host the next meating of the GNCP with state officials and representatives of transportation companies on Friday, April 17.
However, Oleg Semenov noted that the officials already made all the key decisions on the dacha issue and that the gardeners will be obliged to play by the rules given from above.
“I will be issued 850 transportation cards, and I will have to distribute them over the span of two weeks. But where? The elderly from our partnership live in all ends of the city. They [the city authorities] excused themselves from this. We offered them to work with the old transportation cards. What is the difference? Many are calling me, saying: ‘I still have the card from a year ago, and there’s money on it.’ And the new cards will also have money left by the end of the season. Which means they, the city authorities, have some profits,” said the “Malinovka” head.
According to him, the news on transportation cards for dacha buses went public too late, which caused numerous problems.
“They [the officials] held too long with this issue. The season starts in two weeks. They were distributing the cards through small stores, the very [MUE] ‘Artsis,’ I think. And now we should do it. But I won’t be able to do that even if that’s the last thing I do. Besides, I will be spending my personal time, fuel and more,” the speaker concluded.