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Funds for infrastructure went into officials’ pockets - Tokayev

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Part of the funds allocated for infrastructure development went into the pockets of officials, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the opening of the fifth parliamentary session of the VI convocation during the joint session of the Parliament chambers, Kazpravda.kz correspondent reports.

"It is obvious that residents of different regions of the country have different levels of access to clean drinking water, natural gas, and transport infrastructure. It is necessary to step up work to level this inequality," Tokayev said.

He noted that construction of the first phase of the Saryarka gas trunk pipeline network is nearing completion.

"Starting next year, work will begin on the construction of distribution networks in the cities of Nur-Sultan and Karaganda, and later in Akmola and North Kazakhstan regions. The state will budget 56 billion tenge for these purposes. As a result, more than 2 million 700 thousand people will have access to natural gas," the President continued.

Over the next three years, about 250 billion tenge will be budgeted to provide citizens of the country with clean drinking water and wastewater disposal services. According to Tokayev, the executive branch should be fully in charge of the quality implementation of the Nurly Zhol program.

It is a strategic project that concerns the entire transport infrastructure. For these ends, the state will invest more than 1 trillion 200 billion tenge through to the year 2022.

"The government has already allocated huge amounts of money, but the vast chunk of in went into the sand, or rather, into the pockets of officials, whilst clean water, roads and other infrastructure are still not enough. This time, the Government and Parliament, together with the Accounts Committee, must ensure absolute efficiency of the budgetary funds use, "the President concluded.



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Aidana Demesinova
15:15, 2 September 2019
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