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Accidents at thermal power plants: Senators demand reform of the energy sector

01.12.2022 72

Under the chairmanship of the Speaker of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan Maulen Ashimbaev, a meeting of the Chamber was held. The senators considered the issue of appointing members of the Supreme Audit Chamber, adopted a number of Laws and voiced their deputy requests.

The deputies of the Senate voted for the appointment of Rashit Akhmetov, Nurlan Nurzhanov and Rasul Rakhimov as members of the Supreme Audit Chamber. In his speech, the Speaker of the House recalled that on a recent day the Head of State signed a Decree on certain issues of the Supreme Audit Chamber as part of the implementation of constitutional reforms.

During the meeting, the senators also considered and adopted the Laws “On Geodesy, Cartography and Spatial Data” and “On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Geodesy, Cartography and Spatial Data”.

The Laws prescribe the norms on the creation and development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. This platform aims to make digital data accessible and more efficient, as well as to develop and keep it up to date. For this purpose, the Law regulates the frequency of updating these data. In addition, the law also provides for improving the availability and quality of services provided to the population in the field of land relations, architecture, construction, nature management and environmental protection, geology, housing and communal services, and agriculture.

“The new norms introduce improved mechanisms for activities in the field of spatial data, geodesy and cartography. A legal framework will be formed for the creation and use of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. This infrastructure enables consumers to access and use electronic data effectively. We are confident that in the future, complete, accurate spatial data, geodesy and cartography systems will have a positive impact on the speed of information processing and rational decision-making in the sectors of the economy and public administration,” said Maulen Ashimbaev, commenting on the adoption of the Laws.

In addition, the senators voiced their parliamentary requests.

Altynbek Nuhuly, on behalf of the members of the Onir parliamentary group, in connection with the accidents at the thermal power plants in the cities of Petropavlovsk, Ridder, Ekibastuz and Stepnogorsk, voiced a number of systemic proposals for a comprehensive reform of the energy sector and solving critical problems of production, transmission and supply of thermal energy.

Dana Nurzhigitova, raising the problem of suicide of military personnel in the country, proposed to strengthen the work on preserving and monitoring the health status of pre-conscripts and conscripts. The senator also voiced the need to improve the status of military personnel.

Lyazzat Suleimen expressed concern about the current model of the local self-government system, the problems which hinder its full functioning.

Zhanbolat Zhorgenbaev drew attention to the importance of the prompt allocation of funds for the repair of treatment facilities in the city of Konaev. The unsatisfactory condition of the facilities can now lead to the ingress of sewage into the Kapshagai Reservoir, which is a source of drinking water for the inhabitants of the region.

(Senate Press Service, 74-72-27)

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