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An evaluation of state budget funds allocated for flood relief in 2010 was presented today by the National Budget Group NGO. The report was compiled at the request of Kur Civil Society.
The study was conducted to assess the effectiveness and transparency of the expenditure of state funds allocated to deal with damage from floods during 2010 and 2011, as well as public access to information.
During this period 460.9 million manat was allocated to flood damage repair work. The authors of the evaluation, economists Gubad Ibadoglu and Mohammed Talibli, exposed discrepancies in the accounts of close to 300 million manat.
There is no information on the actual use of the 13 million manat compensation funds.
It appears that the construction and repair of 1 km of road cost the state $355 000, and 1 km of railway repair cost $520 000.
There were serious problems in the assessment of the expenditure of funds for the construction of new houses. The whereabouts of the grant given by the Deltares Dutch Company for an assessment of the flood zone remains unknown.
The National Budget Group recommended that government agencies increase their transparency and accountability, provide soft loans to farmers affected by the floods, and post the names of people and the amount of money they received on the websites of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Communications.
The Accounting Chamber is advised to conduct a careful analysis of public funds and report back.
The authors also noted that the NBG expects the government to provide a report on the work and to hold public meetings in the affected areas.
The National Budget Group also called for the release of Kur Staff Coordinator Ogtay Gulaliyev, and to continue monitoring the situation.
The presentation was attended by civil society representatives, media, and residents of the Sabirabad, Saatli and Imishli regions. Some state agencies were invited but did not attend.
Video Description: DISCREPANCIES IN STATE RECORDS ON 2010 FLOODING