The Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use of the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan is regularly working on the implementation of the instructions of the Head of the State Nursultan Nazarbayev on the display of zero tolerance for corruption.
One of the most important areas of this work is to increase the transparency of government procurement, which also follows from paragraph 37 of the Action Plan on implementation of the program on anti-corruption in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the years 2011–2015, approved by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated March 31, 2011, № 308.
You can report on corruption and ethics violations by public servants, referring to the Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use of the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter — the Committee). An appeal may be filed:
1. In writing to the postal address: 010000, Astana city, Orynbor str., 8, entrance 7, floor 12. Tel.74-29-04.
2. Through online resources, the Committee www.geology.gov.kz
This explains that in accordance with the Law «On the order of consideration of physical and legal persons» are not subject to review:
1)an anonymous appeal, except the cases when such treatment includes information on preparing or committing a crime or a threat of the state security or public safety, and which subjects to immediate referral to the state bodies in accordance with their competence;
2)an appeal which does not set out the issue an appeal should be addressed to the subject or the official, who is responsible for the resolution of issues raised in the appeal. The appeal of an individual indicates his surname, first name and patronymic if desired, mailing address. An entity writes his name, address, reference number and date. The appeal must be signed by the applicant or the certified electronic signature.
The main concepts and signs of corruption
Corruption is understood as not statutory decision directly or indirectly property benefits and advantages of persons who perform public functions, as well as persons equated to them, using their official powers and related opportunities, or other use of their powers to obtain property benefit, as well as bribery of such persons by providing them with unlawful individuals and legal entities mentioned benefits and advantages (paragraph 1 of Article 2 of the Law «On Combating Corruption»). Offenses related to corruption (corruption offenses) are provided by the Law «On Combating Corruption», as well as other laws of the acts connected to corruption or creating conditions for corruption, the legislation which entail disciplinary, administrative and criminal liability.
What is corruption, principles combating corruption
The main principles of the fight against corruption include the following:
1. Equality of all before the law and the courts.
Compliance and implementation of this principle is very important in the fight against corruption. Unfortunately, there are cases of the so-called selective application of the law when the law works for some, not for others. Some judges, civil servants, law enforcement officials are also prone to corruption.
Guarantee of compliance of this principle is the anti-corruption activity of the citizens themselves — lighting corruption processes in the media, the presence of the media and the public at the court proceedings; filing appeals to the Prosecutor’s Office, the Agency for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption and other law enforcement agencies.
2. Providing a clear legal regulation of activity of the state bodies, legality and transparency of such activities, the state and public control over it.
Currently, in accordance with the state program on combating corruption for the years 2006–2010, approved by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan of December 23, 2005 until 2008. Steps are being taken to ensure the information transparency of decision-making by public authorities, streamlining of licensing and administrative powers of the state management, and reforming the system of public procurement on the basis of the transition to a system of electronic forms of public procurement.
A special place in the program is given to the process of engaging in anti-corruption activities of civil society organizations, the formation of legal awareness and legal culture in the field of compliance with anti-corruption legislation. Comprising administering an effective mechanism for anti-corruption expertise of normative legal acts, creation of a system of public control over the spending of budget funds, the transfer of certain licensing functions to civil society institutions, the introduction of measures to minimize the cash flow of cash and counteraction of legalization of funds obtained by illegal ways.
The Ministry of Justice prepared and submitted to the Parliament a draft law «On Lobbying», establishing the legal regulation of lobbying laws and the prevention of conflict of interests of officials in the performance of their duties.
3. Improvement of the structure of the state apparatus, personnel management and procedures addressing issues affecting the rights and legitimate interests of individuals and legal entities.
The state program provides the implementation of a clear legal regulation of forms and mechanisms of cooperation between state authorities and entrepreneurs, as well as procedures to facilitate the transparency of judicial decisions and their timely execution.
According to the law, the listed principles should recognize and ensure:
- the admissibility of restrictions on the rights and freedoms of officials and other persons authorized to perform state functions and persons equated to them in accordance with paragraph 1, Article 39 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
- restoration of the violated rights and lawful interests of individuals and legal entities, the elimination and prevention of harmful effects of corruption offenses;
- personal security of citizens, assisting in the fight against corruption offenses;
- inadmissibility of delegation of authority for government regulation of business legal entities and individuals engaged in such activities, as well as control over it.
Corruption largely restricts the free operation of economic laws and reduces the country’s prestige in the eyes of the world community, it is one of the main obstacles to its favorable foreign investment. Honest and socially oriented business is being displaced out of the market since corruption makes business unprofitable.
Corruption is especially dangerous in the government. In this case, it is a symbiosis of monopoly power, the discretionary powers of public officials in decision-making and the lack of strict legal accountability and accountability of officials.
Practice shows that corruption destroys the entire system of public administration, contributes to the decline of authority of state power and prestige of civil service. Corruption hinders economic development and contributes to the growth of organized crime, especially in the economic sphere.
For any questions, please, contact the Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use, Baytukbaev Erlan Iskakovich, tel. 74-29-64. Reception: 74-29-04.