Economic growth has been oriented toward raising the living standard in all stages of socio economic development of the USSR. This is the objective demand of the basic economic law of socialism. In the stage of developed socialism, all the necessary prerequisites have been created for the comprehensive, steady growth of the people's well-being, so that the demands of the basic economic law would be realized most completely and consistently and would determine the type and structure of the reproductive process in socialist economies. L. I. Brezhnev stated at the Twenty-fourth Congress of the CPSU that the policy of improving the well-being of the Soviet people "will determine not only our activity in the coming five years but also the general orientation of the nation's economic development in the long run." This strategic point in the socioeconomic policy of the CPSU and the Soviet state was further developed at the Twenty-fifth Congress of the CPSU.