MOSCOW, February 25 (RAPSI) - The working group on drafting proposals for amendments to the Constitution is expected to meet with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on February 26, according to Chair of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov.

The group members plan to discuss drafted texts and amendments, with the Head of the State, he said during the meeting on Tuesday.

Earlier, Krasheninnikov said that the Group had received about 400 proposals, whereas more than 120 draft amendments have been transmitted to the relevant State Duma committee.

President Vladimir Putin brought the bill before the parliament on January 20. He clarified the essence of the amendments proposed to the Constitution at a meeting with members of a working group established to elaborate the respective suggestions on January 16.

According to the President, the amendments are aimed to further the development of Russia as a social welfare state governed by the rule of law, as well as to achieve higher efficiency of its national institutions, strengthen the role played by its civil society, political parties, and Russia’s regions in working out most important decisions concerning the development of the state.

Vladimir Putin stated that Russia was to remain a Presidential republic, but a more open one, where the significance of its Parliament was to grow, whereas interrelations of lawmakers with the government were to be strengthened.

The President was to retain serious powers to dismiss from their posts those violating the law and those failing to be scrupulous about their duties on the basis of loss of trust, Putin said.

The Head of the State believes that these powers were imperative due to the complex state structure of Russia, its multi-confessional and multi-ethnic nature, and vast territory.

The working group on preparation of proposals concerning amendments to the Constitution was approved by the President on January 15. Among its members are representatives of the Federation Council, State Duma and other public figures.