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There is a way to remove Saakashvili from power!2009-12-31 18:13
By the New Year, the Georgian authorities have cut another head of the corruption hydra: they have abolished the Supervision Service of the Ministry of Economic Development. 18 employees have been caught in taking bribes. Well, perhaps, one should abolish all the rest of administrations together with the president in order to liberate the country from bribery in deed, not in word?
Yesterday, Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri advised to call for the police should anyone be visited by representatives of the Supervision Service of the Ministry of Economic Development. Since yesterday, there is no such service in the country any longer: the process of its disestablishment is going to take approximately one month and a half.
At the end of last week, 19 officers of the governmental service were detained while taking a large bribe. The special operation of their arrest was held in the KazTransGaz company building in the center of Tbilisi, where its office had been functioning in the form of the state limited liability company.
On the same day, Head of Natural and Liquefied Gas Systems and Cross Country Gas Lines Supervision Administration Alexander Bezhanishvili was arrested as well.
The extortionists are facing a 15-year sentence. Their actions are ranked as extortion as part of the organized criminal group.
According to Gilauri, the criminal group members were mostly engaged in racket; the group was established in the 90s and its leader has never been changed.
As the prime minister underlined, the structure has been abolished in order to eliminate the bureaucratic obstacles in relations between the private sector and the state administrations, as well as to prevent corruption transactions.
According to his words, a whole number of unnecessary bodies has been abolished in the context of the reforms carried out in the state sector and there is also a number of similar structures, which will cease existence in the near future as well.
During the first year of his ruling in Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili started dismissing officials together with entire administrations. This was partially attributed to the struggle with corruption and reducing budgetary expenses. At the same time, the shuffling enabled the new government to subjugate the country.
This is the only possible reason for the abolishment of Ministries of State Security of Ajaria and Abkhazia in 2004 and the transference of the structures that replaced them to Tbilisi. A single power structure replaced the Georgian MIA and the State Security Committee, that is, Minister of Police and Public Order comprising the counter-espionage service led by the "reliable" Vano Merabishvili.
The disestablishment of the "useless" state bodies did not always mean increasing the efficiency in those areas they were responsible for. In 2006, the Melioration Systems Control Department was abolished, - a state organization subordinate to the Ministry of Agriculture and Supplies of Georgia. The department was replaced by four LLCs with 100-percent share belonging to the state.
Now, what have we got? These new structures did not seem to work any more efficiently than the eliminated body. One of these days, the Supervision Policy of Georgia discovered the cases of abuse during the realization of the melioration system rehabilitation program. The initial cost of the program was defined to be five million laris, which figure was later increased to 14 millions. As to the real works at the irrigation channels, they were either performed at low quality, or were not performed at all!