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Deputy.kg. Never too much money?

22/05/14 10:56, Bishkek – 24.kg news agency, by Darya PODOLSKAYA, Aizada KUTUEVA

Some MPs continue to put their own interests above those of the people. Ata-Meken faction memeber Bakyt Kalmamatov and Ar-Namys faction member Alisher Abdrakhmanov and Nurkamil Madaliev demanded to increase the amount of compensation for the rent.

MPs complain that citizens of other towns do not have living space in Bishkek, having a set monthly payment from $400 up to 600 soms per day, respectively, 12,000 -18,000 soms per month. They believe that the mentioned amount is not enough to pay for the rental.

"MPs have to rent accommodation for $500-700 (27,000-38,000 soms). Increase in the U.S. dollar relative to som led to inflation and, consequently, increase of the cost of renting an apartment. Therefore they propose to increase the fee for rental housing up to 1,200 soms," complained in the Parliament.

But servants of people seem not care about how other citizens, who are not burdened by deputy mandate, but also felt the rise in the dollar caused by inflation, survive.

The initiative to solve their own problems at the expense of taxpayers and get extra money is actually a freebie drew criticism not only of mere mortals, but also colleagues. Omurbek Abdyrakhmanov, for example.

"Everyone must provide their own accommodation. When deputies ran for the fifth convocation of the Parliament, they promised to give up the privileges of office as cars, apartments. And now, they not only do not give up benefits, but also require additional allowances. Even the leaders of factions and vice speakers started using the brand-new "Cadillac", Omurbek Abdyrakhmanov told to reporters.

Meanwhile the electorate discusses no less disapproving data appearing in the press about hospitality payments to no poor deputies as it is. Each of them, in addition to salary and bonuses, monthly receive more than 40,000 soms. Such data were reported to 24.kg news agency, included in the position of deputy funds, factions, committees and the parliamentary groups. Document was approved by the Parliament yet on February 14, 2013.

Thus, each of the 120 members of the Parliament receives:

-         for business trips to neighboring countries and beyond - 5,000 soms or 60,000 soms per year

-         for paying of communication services (international, long distance, cellular) - 2,500 soms or 27,500 soms per year;

-         for reimbursement of actual transportation expenses related to travel and flights to the regions of the country (air tickets, fuel and lubricants, hire cars) up to 12 times per round trip of a single session - 7,000 soms, or 84,000 soms per year;

-         for hospitality (welcome of voters, delegations, embassies and other international organizations, gifts and flowers) - 1,000 soms or 12,000 soms per year;

-         for office supplies - 1,000 soms or 12,000 soms per year;

-         costs of the work with voters, including per diem allowance, reimbursement for accommodation, meals and transportation, communication services, rent, payment for services of public assistants, experts, and other unforeseen expenses - 4,500 soms or 54,000 soms per year.

In addition, payments for travel within the country for drivers of the deputies are provided as well - 7,000 soms per month.

At public expense their drivers acquire fuel for official cars in the amount of 10,500 soms per month.

Parliament's budget should also allocate funds for acquiring "wheels" for deputies and pay for repairs. This pleasure costs 2,000 soms.

Total annual amount of various payments (excluding salary and bonus) for all deputies exceed 58 million soms.

But that's not all. Factions and deputy groups have still their own funds. Thus, hospitality expenses for meetings of groups and factions, events of national and international level, including gifts and flowers, stand at 10,000 soms per month, or 120,000 soms per year. Communication services are presented separately. They cost 5,000 soms per month, or 60,000 per year.

Office supplies for meetings require 3,000 soms or 36,000 per year. And attraction of experts for examination and advisory opinions costs 75,000 soms per month, or 900,000 soms per year.

In general, one faction spends 93,000 soms per month, or 1.116 million per year. Thus, 5 factions spend 5,580,000 soms per year. In addition, there are still funds of committees. Funds in the amount of 1,000 soms per month are allocated for each committee on office supplies and drinking water.

As noted in the document, unused funds at the end of the financial year do not retain the target destination. Expenditures in excess of the limit shall be reimbursed by a deputy, a leader of a faction or a deputy group.

Civil society activist Azamat Kalman believes that elected representatives should be ashamed, and encourages them to appease your appetite. "For such a small and poor country, where there is an acute shortage of budget, as Kyrgyzstan, it is a huge amount of money. And despite the fact that often the pensions and wages of others are delayed. I have repeatedly talked about the need to reduce the deputies' corps at least twice. Requests of deputies cause resentment among the people, and received allowances can be considered as bullying under economically difficult time. It is not right when people live in poverty, and his servants unfairly get extra money. I think that the people's deputies should be ashamed, and they must abandon many privileges. Recently in the country we celebrated the Victory Day, and found that in the state there are not too many World War II veterans. I think that we could for veterans who deserve it at money saved," said Azamat Kalman.

In the view of the fact that the planned hole in the state budget comprises 9 billion soms, appetites of people's deputies, who by no means don't have the last piece of bread, look, at least, inappropriate.

Parliamentarians never liked excessive curiosity to content of their pockets. But criticism (quite right) causes irritation as from members of the Parliament, and its leadership. Although taxpayers, including journalists, have a right to know where our money goes. MPs like excuses that budgetary finances are spent not on them, but only on optimization of legislative activity for the benefit of the state. "But, alas, our Parliament, despite the fact that it intended to be in the wake of the political system, remained at the level of "public smoking room", the political analyst Marat Kazakpaev believes. Since it is difficult to disagree.

But in order voters once again not to be indignant knowing how much deputies "eat" for a month for winner deputy icon, information on budget of the parliament, parliamentary salaries and other "goodies" marked as "Confidential Information".


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