Under the chairmanship of the Speaker of the Senate Maulen Ashimbayev the Session of the House was held, where the senators considered the reports of the Government and the Accounts Committee on the execution of the Republican budget for 2021, as well as a number of bills.
The first issue on the agenda was the election of judges of the Supreme Court on the proposal of the President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The deputies voted to appoint Doszhan Amir and Kambar Nuryshev as judges.
Also, senators in the second reading considered a draft law "On introducing amendments and addenda to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on issues of electricity, energy conservation and energy efficiency, subsoil use, local government and state border". After consideration, the senators decided to amend it and return the bill to the Mazhilis.
In particular, the senators proposed to extend the period of transition of apartment buildings to new forms of management of the condominium until July 1, 2023. Regarding the development of the city of Almaty, senators believe it is necessary to clarify the rules on the activities and competence of the commission to review the registration of real estate. Senators also proposed to change the legal form of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, to determine its main powers, to fix the concept of "academician of the National Academy of Sciences" and establish a monthly lifetime stipend for academicians upon reaching retirement age. It was proposed to reflect these provisions in the Law "On science".
The senators also heard the reports of the Government and the Accounts Committee on the execution of the national budget for the year 2021.
During the meeting it was noted that in general the main parameters of the Republican budget for the past year had been implemented. Nevertheless the deputies voiced a number of important and systemic problems, which negatively affect further improvement of the efficiency of budget expenditures, and consequently – the improvement of the welfare of the population.
The Chairman of the Senate stressed that Kazakhstan has entered a new stage of its development, where it is important to consolidate all branches of power to achieve the goals set by the Head of State.
"On June 5, the people of Kazakhstan supported the constitutional amendments proposed by the Head of State. The amendments to the Constitution form the basis of the New Kazakhstan. Now there is a radical transformation of the political system. All of this is aimed at building a fair state. All of us need to ensure the practical implementation of the reforms of the President supported by the people," said Maulen Ashimbayev.
The Chairman of the Senate also stressed the importance of increasing the efficiency of spending public funds.
"At the new stage of the country's development, it is necessary to improve the efficiency of the use of public funds and execution of the Republican budget. We believe that new principles and approaches are needed in this direction", - said the Speaker of the House.
He also reminded that one of the important issues facing the country is to increase the level of development of the regions.
"It is necessary to strengthen the work in the regions in terms of modernization of infrastructure, construction of social facilities, generating permanent jobs, improving the welfare of citizens. As you know, under the constitutional reform, the Senate became the key institution to consider regional issues. In this direction, we hope for joint and fruitful work together with the Government," – said Maulen Ashimbayev.
Note that the final consideration of the report on the execution of the budget for 2021 will be held at a joint session of the House of Parliament, which will be held on June 20, 2022.
(Senate Press Service, 74-72-27. Photo by E. Ukibayev)