NEWS AND EVENTS
March 16, 2015
LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER OF OLIY MAJLIS OF REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN
Deputies Considered the Report of the Accounting Chamber
On March 11, a plenary session of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held.
After approving the agenda proposed by the Kengash (Council) of the Legislative Chamber, deputies considered the report of the Accounting Chamber of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2014, made by the Deputy Chairman of the Accounting Chamber K. Akmalov.
Within the framework of the authority of Parliament conferred by the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Legislative Chamber annually reviews the report of the Accounting Chamber of the Republic of Uzbekistan. As previously reported, the preliminary report of the Accounting Chamber for 2014 was thoroughly discussed at meetings of relevant committee, political party factions and the deputy group of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan in the lower house of parliament. During the discussions, deputies made a number of proposals aimed at strengthening cooperation between the Parliament and the Accounting Chamber in the spheres of strengthening parliamentary control and improvement legislative activity, as well as active involvement of representatives of civil society institutions in the country into the control activities.
During the hearing of the report it was noted that activities of the Accounting Chamber during the reporting period was organized on the basis of priorities identified by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the socio-economic development of the country in 2013 and main priorities of economic program for 2014.
In the report on the activities of the Accounting Chamber in 2014 it was noted that in its work in accordance with the Budget Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan special emphasis was made on the effective implementation of the State budget, intended use of funds, study program execution of state and regional development, developed for ensuring dynamic development of all spheres of economy. However, an examination of the main directions of tax and budget policy and the draft State budget for 2015 was conducted. Pursuant to the Law “On financing political parties”, the completeness of forming income of political parties and their intended use was verified.
On the example of institutions financed from the state budget, the execution of the state budget at the national and local levels, legal, targeted and effective expenditure of public funds was checked. The analysis of the correctness of the State budget revenues by regions and industries, itemized and full budget execution was conducted, realistic targets of the main items of budget revenues was assessed.
The Accounting Chamber also regularly monitored the completeness of forming budgets of State trust funds over their targeted, rational and effective use, with departure to the regions studied the results of measures taken to increase the revenue base of local budgets, cost optimization and reduction of subsidies.
At the plenary session of the lower house of parliament after hearing the report of the Accounting Chamber over the past year, its substantive discussion was held. Representatives of all factions of political parties and the deputy group of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan made speeches.
Members of the faction of the Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen – Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan noted that the Accounting Chamber in the reporting period performed control-auditing work in 149 organizations on 33 directions. During the course of this work the effective execution of revenues and expenditures of the State budget, state programs, implementation of investment programs, and implementation of modernization and renewal of production was carefully studied.
In order to prevent financial irregularities, members of UzLiDeP faction consider it necessary to strengthen cooperation between Parliament and the Accounting Chamber in strengthening supervisory powers of parliament, further improvement of the legal framework in this sphere.
Speakers from the faction of the Democratic Party of Uzbekistan “Milliy Tiklanish” emphasized that it is important to further improve the inter-budgetary relations, increase the incomes of local budgets on the basis of rational use of production and resource potential of territories and strengthening of regional economies. As noted by the deputies, it is important to comprehensive study shortcomings, violations of budgetary discipline. In this regard, it is necessary to strengthen the parliamentary control by establishing regular hearing of reports of the heads of relevant ministries, agencies and local khokimiyats on measures taken to address the identified deficiencies, determining their causes of appearance.
Representatives of the faction of People\'s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan drew attention to the fact that the Accounting Chamber during the reporting period analyzed the security of the State budget expenditures, reasonableness of costs on targeted complex programs of social development. The Accounting Chamber paid particular attention to the issues of effectiveness of the system of targeted social protection of low-income population, as well as improving the system of financial assistance and social benefits for low-income families. In particular shortcomings by the State Employment Promotion Fund were identified, problems associated with biased approach when assigning benefits to families in need of social protection were established.
In this regard, representatives of the faction suggested the Accounting Chamber to pay particular attention to the need of preventing financial crimes before their occurrence in implementing control measures.
According to members of the Social Democratic Party faction of Uzbekistan “Adolat”, the Accounting Chamber should strengthen control over the financial condition of economic entities of agriculture and make proposals on improving the legislation on its results. It was emphasized that it is also important to develop, through in-depth analysis and evaluation of taken measures of proposals on further increasing the purchasing power of the population. It is also important to take more stringent measures on detecting, suppression and preventing crime in executing the State budget.
Representatives of the deputy group of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan reviewed the activities of the Accounting Chamber on identifying cases of financial irregularities in the sphere of environmental protection and rational use of natural resources, their causes and take measures on eliminating them. The importance of continuing work on eliminating the causes of offenses, strengthening control measures, improving legislation in this sphere was particularly emphasized.
Taking into account the views expressed during the discussion, the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis approved the report of the Accounting Chamber of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2014 and adopted a relevant resolution.
(Source: Information Service of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis)