MOSCOW, October 16. The government has refuted the information disseminated by some media about the alleged impending downsizing of ministries and other agencies.
“It’s not so,” said a source in the Cabinet, answering the question, is reform in the government, adding that it is about improvement.
He recalled that “there is a presidential Commission to analyze the situation and functioning of regulatory authorities”. “This work is now underway, it is not associated with the reform of the government itself”, – he stressed.
The interlocutor said that this work is “connected with the improvement of Supervisory activities and the activities of various agencies, services”. “This work is done, this I can confirm, and on the reconstruction of the government is a misunderstanding”, – the source said. He reiterated that “there is work on analyzing the effectiveness of services and agencies”.
What the media has reported
One of the options of the new administrative reform that is now being discussed in the government, provides for the reduction of ministries from 21 to 15, the abolition of 11 Federal agencies and the creation of 9 major Federal supervision. This writes the newspaper RBC with reference to the working papers that were submitted to the Advisory Council at the Open government and can form the basis of the final report to the President on the reform of Supervisory functions.
The fact that this document was submitted to the Minister for open government Mikhail Abyzov, confirmed a government official and an expert who had been involved in the preparation of proposals on this issue. “Now these proposals are under consideration for the chief of the government staff Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko, who is driving the final report for the President”, – told the newspaper source in the White house.