The Bureau of the Senate held a meeting chaired by Dariga Nazarbayeva.
When giving an opening speech, D. Nazarbayeva told about the senate’s work plan, which includes about 80 important events to be held during the year with the participation of deputies. For example, the Days of Regions will be held for the first time in the Senate.
At the same time, the Senate Speaker emphasized the task of monitoring the implementation of new state programs for development of education and healthcare. “I think that their full and efficient implementation should be constantly monitored by senators. In case of any critical issues that concern the people, we should make specific proposals to the Government and initiate amendments to the laws,” D. Nazarbayeva said.
The Senate Bureau heard information about the results of the Senators’ trips to the regions in early January.
Summing up the results of the working trips, the Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Bektas Beknazarov, informed that the MPs held more than 460 meetings, including those in the most remote villages and settlements. Residents of the regions were informed in detail about the laws adopted by the Parliament.
The meetings focused on social security and compulsory health insurance. The issues raised during the meetings included introduction of a new state allowance for large families, differentiated depending on the number of children in the family; changes in the current targeted social assistance system and supplementing TSA with a guaranteed social package for children from low-income families.
People also raised such issues as improvement of criminal and criminal procedural legislation and enhancement of the protection of individual rights, budget and tax legislation, rehabilitation and bankruptcy procedures, and housing and utility services.
Upon the end of the trips, the Senators noted that the introduction of tax holidays caused a number of issues regarding the fourth level of the budget in the villages.
During the discussion, the Senate Chairperson D. Nazarbayeva suggested elaborating a mechanism for compensating shortfall in income, taking into account the three-year tax break, “We need to offer a transitional regime for these three years to replenish the funds that local government has lost. Then, of course, it is necessary to provide funds for teaching self-government, training local personnel, and working with the local population.”
Dariga Nazarbayeva also pointed out to the Bureau members that the Senators should not only collect information on the situation on the ground and just submit deputy inquires, but also use the existing parliamentary powers and directly participate in solving citizens' problems in the regions.
During the meeting, the Bureau also approved the agenda for the January 23rd plenary meeting of the Chamber. Senators will consider the following issues: information on the results of the Senators’ trips to the regions, as well as the draft law “On ratification of the Protocol on amendments and additions to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Russian Federation on creation of Baiterek rocket and space complex at Baikonur Cosmodrome” dated December 22, 2004”.
Members of the Bureau also distributed a draft law approved by the Mazhilis. The Committee on Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship was determined as the lead committee on the draft law “On ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Russian Federation on gas supply to the Baikonur complex”.