Budget of Kyrgyzstan has lost almost a billion soms for two months of 2016 due to smuggling of fuel and flour from Kazakhstan. Parliament deputy Iskhak Pirmatov (Bir Bol) voiced the data at today's session of the Parliament.
The MP noted that the Kyrgyz authorities, having decided to join the Eurasian Economic Union and the Customs Union, "gave hope to the citizens that the crossing of borders with other countries will be facilitated." "But in fact it became even more complicated due to our fight against smuggling," Iskhak Pirmatov said.
He outlined that he did not exaggerate the situation and suggested the government representatives to inspect border posts without notice.
"The people stand there for 3-4 hours, especially when they return back to Kyrgyzstan. They are checked everything including matchboxes. Smuggling must be fought, but why you bother the ordinary citizens? You are engaged in wrong business," the MP protested, referring to the representative of the Cabinet in the Parliament.
According to the deputy, as of today about 30 percent of gasoline in Kyrgyzstan has been smuggled. "But these are not those citizens who are subjected to many hours of searches at the border. Everyone knows the checkpoints through which the flow of counterfeit fuel and flour comes, so put the tax authorities there. The budget, according to my calculations, has already lost almost a billion soms. Are there such people in the government who really care about this issue?" Iskhak Pirmatov concluded.