IAAC PROBE RE­VEALS 19 STATE MIN­ING AGENCY WORK­ERS EM­PLOYED BY PRI­VATE COM­PA­NIES

The UB Post - - FRONT PAGE - By B.CHINTUSHIG

Aprobe by the In­de­pen­dent Author­ity against Cor­rup­tion (IAAC) re­vealed that 19 civil ser­vants work­ing in gov­ern­ment min­ing agen­cies un­der the author­ity of the Min­istry of Min­ing and Heavy In­dus­try re­ceived salary pay­ments from pri­vate min­ing com­pa­nies.

The re­port by IAAC showed that 19 civil ser­vants worked at pri­vate com­pa­nies as con­sul­tants and ob­servers, re­ceiv­ing a com­pen­sa­tion of three mil­lion MNT to 25 mil­lion MNT.

IAAC un­der­lined that it is il­le­gal for civil ser­vants to have other jobs out­side of their gov­ern­ment po­si­tion. But other ar­ti­cles of leg­is­la­ture al­low­ing civil ser­vants to work as con­sul­tants or ob­serves in pri­vate com­pa­nies in­creases the risk of cor­rup­tion, IAAC of­fi­cials added.

One of­fi­cial at the Min­istry of Min­ing ex­plained the em­ploy­ment of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials as con­sul­tants, “There is a short­age of con­sul­tants in the min­ing sec­tor. This is re­lated to the un­der­val­u­a­tion of pro­fes­sion­als in Mon­go­lia.”

IAAC of­fi­cials note that civil ser­vants re­ceiv­ing com­pen­sa­tion from the very com­pa­nies they are sup­posed to be reg­u­lat­ing cre­ates an ob­vi­ous con­flict of in­ter­est.

The vi­o­la­tions of the con­flict of in­ter­est were re­vealed dur­ing IAAC’s probe into the im­ple­men­ta­tion of rel­e­vant leg­is­la­ture re­gard­ing min­ing. Of­fi­cials at IAAC note that the Law on Con­flict of In­ter­est in the min­ing sec­tor needs to be im­proved in or­der to ad­dress the is­sue.

From left: Head of MRAM B.Baatart­sogt and Sec­re­tary State of Min­istry of Min­ing G.Nand­in­jar­gal at the IAAC re­port con­fer­ence

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