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    Azat Artsakh - Republic of Nagorno Karabakh
    March 19 2004


    About sixty questions were included in the agenda of the March 16
    meeting of the NKR government, conducted by prime minister Anoushavan
    Danielian. On February 16, 2004 the NKR president had signed a decree
    about the enactment of the law `About Civil Service'. Starting from
    the requirements of the enactment of the law there occurred a
    necessity to work out the salary and budget mechanism and the
    activity of the staff of the NKR state governmental bodies,
    ministries (state committees), regional administrations and the
    Stepanakert City Hall. After long discussions on the questions
    referring the enactment of the law the government made corresponding
    decisions. The government approved the project of foundation of the
    state governmental office `NKR administration of finance and
    economy', confirming the regulations of the NKR Ministry of Finance
    and Economy and the structure of the administration, and
    reorganization of the local treasury departments. The government
    session confirmed the regulations and staff structure of the state
    governmental offices `administration of the NKR Ministry of
    Agriculture', `administration of the NKR Ministry of Social
    Security', `administration of the NKR Ministry of Health',
    `administration of the NKR Ministry of Justice', `administration of
    the NKR state committee of real estate cadastre'. The same decisions
    confirmed the amount of the property passed to these structures.
    According to the law in effect the administrations of the ministries
    operate according to the NKR civil code, the NKR law `About State
    Governmental Bodies', other laws and legal acts (international
    agreements), as well as the regulations. The head of the
    administration is appointed and relieved from the post by the
    government of the republic. Taking into account the fact that the
    demand of producers for oak timber surpasses the possibilities of the
    natural resources, the government made a decision to prohibit the
    export of oak timber from the republic. The executive also confirmed
    the pure average cadastre income from farming land in NKR,
    privatization of the state property, the arrangement of the Military
    Police of the RA Ministry of Defence to provide buildings to the
    Military Police of Stepanakert. Aiming at further implementation of
    programs for improvement of the tax system the State Tax Department
    under the government presented a package of bills and draft
    decisions. The members of the government approved the project of
    introducing changes into the NKR laws `About Added Value' and `About
    Tax Service' and the bill `About Cash Transactions'. In the social
    sphere the NKR Minister of Social Security presented the project of
    making amendments to the law `About the Social Security of the
    Military Men and Their Families', as well as introducing the system
    of social security cards in NKR and forming committees on insurance
    record. Among other urgent questions the Ministry of Health presented
    the project of state-guaranteed free medical aid and service. The
    government made decisions concerning the bill `About Military
    Service', the structure of the NKR Police and questions of
    maintaining the maximum number of officials and deputies, the lower
    and higher titles for the concrete police posts, the order of
    granting permission for the use of land-surveying and geodesic
    material and data of state and service secrecy, reorganization of the
    `NKR theaters' and `NKR ensembles' into state non-commercial
    organizations. Changes were made in the formerly passed decisions of
    the executive. At the end of the session prime minister Anoushavan
    Danielian touched upon the activities of the foundation for
    development of small and medium-size business and mentioned that the
    government anticipates effective undertakings by the organization.
    Unfortunately, the activities of the foundation do not always meet
    the modern requirements, and as a result the complaining letters
    addressed to the government. There are also alarms that the loans
    granted by the foundation are not used for their aim. Taking into
    account these circumstances, the prime minister demanded a
    corresponding account on the activities of the foundation from the
    Ministry of Industrial Infrastructures and Building. `The society
    must be aware of who receives aid from the foundation and for what
    aims it is used. Whether the loaned programs are effective, whether
    there is progress, whether investments are made in industry, and the
    requirements of the deals are met. The process of loaning should be
    transparent, for the mass media first of all. This possibility is
    fully given to the mass media and the society will be informed who
    receives the loans of the foundation and how these are used.'