V. I.   Lenin

Establishing Contacts Between the Economic Commissariats

Written: See below.
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the manuscripts.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 222-223a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Draft Decision for the Council of People’s Commissars[1]

A preliminary conference to be summoned to consider question of linking the activities of all the economic commissariats.

All the economic commissariats, particularly the Commissariat for Food, the Supreme Economic Council, the Commissariat for Railways and the Commissariat for Agriculture, to be directed to submit to this conference by Monday, November 1, information concerning all existing interdepartmental economic commissions and a brief description of their work.

Written October 26, 1920


Rough Draft Proposals

1) Direct the same trio (Avanesov + Larin + Popov)[2] to make a more accurate study of all the commissions as to their composition, nature of their work, etc., to classify them and formulate conclusions as to their necessary unification and simplification, and report to us on Saturday, November 6.

2) Direct
(1) the Central Production Commission
(2) the State Commission for Electrification
(3) the Utilisation Commission
(4) and the Commissariat for Agriculture  
to prepare a report to our commission concerning the nature and results of their work from the point of view of the general economic plan of the whole R.S.F.S.R. and supply information at the next sitting (November 6) on the following points:

(a) by what date the report will be ready

(b) what are the main subjects (or the chief contents) of their report as far as the general economic plan of the R.S.F.S.R. is concerned (if possible, written theses of the report to be given).

Written November 1, 1920


[1] This document is part of a decision of the C.P.C. adopted on October 26, 1920, following a discussion of the question of establishing contacts between the economic commissariats.

This question was raised in April 1920 at the Ninth Congress of the R.C.P.(B.), whose corresponding resolution read: “The Congress directs the C.C. to devise in the immediate future a system of organisational connections between the Supreme Economic Council and other commissariats directly engaged in economic affairs (the commissariats for food, railways, and agriculture) in their everyday work with the aim of securing complete unity in the fulfilment of the economic plan approved by the Congress of the Party” (The C.P.S.U. in Resolutions and Decisions of Congresses, Conferences and Plenary Meetings of the Central Committee, Part 1, 1954, p. 490). In pursuance of the congress decision, Lenin, at the meeting of the Council of People’s Commissars on October 26, 1920, made a report “On Unifying the Work of the Economic Commissariats in Framing an Integrated Economic Plan” and tabled his draft resolution.

[2] This trio was appointed by the Council of People’s Commissars on October 26, 1920, to collect information regarding the interdepartmental commissions.

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