YEREVAN, May 23./ARKA/. The decision of Armenian Economy Ministry to install two composting toilets, in Yerevan and Syunik region, valued at 100 million drams was ineffective.
Such statement was released by the Control Chamber of Armenia upon completion of its examination of the state bodies’ performance in 2012, Economy Minister Vahram Avanesyan said at Thursday government session.
The two composting toilets, bought in 2012 by Economy Ministry on extrabudgetary funds, were installed on the territory of Grigor Lusavorich church in Yerevan and Tatev Monastery in Syunik region. However, according to the minister, these toilets are not currently operating due to technical issues.
“Obviously, the toilets don’t work, it is necessary to remove all the technical flaws, and it requires expenses. On the other hand, do we need these toilets or not really? If the government approved this project, what does the statement on its ineffectiveness means?,” Avanesyan asked.
On his side, PM Tigran Sargsyan instructed the Cabinet to clearly review this issue because this subject, i.e. whether these toilets are needed for tourism development, has been debated over not once over these 5 years.
“Everyone is complaining, but it is impossible to develop tourism without this system. Your ministry has launched a pilot project. Now these toilets should work on the basis of self-repayment, via payments, ATMs and ad posters. This is the main idea of the project, but it hasn’t given any results yet, and now we are looking forward to your solution,” PM noted.
Armenia’s Control Chamber has examined 12 state bodies and their performance in 2012: Ministries of Justice, Labor and Social Affairs, Finance, Economy, Ecology, Transport and Communications, Urban Development, Education and Science, Agriculture, Territorial Administration, Emergency Situations, as well as State Food Security Service, State Committee for Water Economy, State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition.
Sargsyan highlighted the state bodies agreed with 80% of the flaws revealed by the Control Chamber.
“But there is disagreement over another 20%, and we need to work together and clarify the matters,” he said thanking the Control Chamber for its productive work.
Sargsyan also instructed Vache Gabrielyan, head of the government staff, to make public and transparent all the clarifications to be made by the bodies. Thus, this information will be available on the government’s website. ($1 – 417.15 drams).—0-