20 Feb 2020 19:34

State Duma passes law on maternity capital for first child

MOSCOW. Feb 20 (Interfax) - The State Duma on Thursday unanimously passed in the third and final reading a bill on the right to receive maternity capital for a family's first child and increasing the payment by 150,000 for the birth of the second child.

"This is one of the main initiatives in terms of implementing the presidential Address. The president set the task of giving these changes retroactive force and applying them to families who had children after January 1, 2020," Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin told reporters.

Families in which a first child is born will receive 466,617 rubles from the state. If a second child is born, the maternity capital will be increased by 150,000 rubles and will reach a total of 616,617 rubles.

The law, in accordance with the presidential order, prolongs the maternity capital program until 2026. "We are also reducing the period for provision of certificates and money to make the assistance procedure as simple and prompt for young families as possible," Volodin said.

The amendments apply the right to maternity capital for a first child to adoptive fathers. The same as for women, its amount will be 466,617 rubles.

The amendments, which are aimed at implementing the presidential initiative, were submitted by Volodin, State Duma First Deputy Speaker Alexander Zhukov, United Russia faction head Sergei Neverov, his first deputy Andrei Isayev, State Duma Budget and Taxes Committee head Andrei Makarov, State Duma Committee on Family, Women, and Children Affairs head Tamara Pletneva, and State Duma Education Committee head Vyacheslav Nikonov.