MPP cau­cus de­mands res­ig­na­tion of Min­is­ter B.Bat­zorig

The UB Post - - Front Page - By R.TURMUNKH

The Mon­go­lian Peo­ple’s Party’s (MPP) cau­cus held a meet­ing about con­tro­ver­sial is­sue sur­round­ing the small and medium-sized en­ter­prise (SME) lend­ing. Re­ports that close as­so­ciates of a num­ber of law­mak­ers re­port­edly re­ceived loans worth bil­lions from the SME De­vel­op­ment Fund leaked through so­cial me­dia.

Some politi­cians have al­ready ad­mit­ted that their fam­ily mem­bers took out loans from the fund, but law­mak­ers re­peat­edly stated that they did not help their fam­ily mem­bers re­ceive the loans.

De­spite the law­mak­ers’ state­ments, the leaks of loan doc­u­ments have led to op­po­si­tion on so­cial me­dia for al­most two weeks.

Strong op­po­si­tion to loan al­lo­ca­tion pro­cesses from the pub­lic prompted the cau­cus to delve into the cur­rent con­tro­ver­sial topic. The pub­lic strongly crit­i­cized Min­is­ter of Food, Agri­cul­ture and Light In­dus­try B.Bat­zorig for abus­ing his power by al­lo­cat­ing money from the fund to law­mak­ers’ as­so­ciates as the fund is be­ing op­er­ated un­der the agri­cul­tural min­is­ter’s author­ity.

Af­ter the meet­ing, D.Khayankhyarvaa, the MPP cau­cus chair­man, held a press brief­ing about the meet­ing. D.Khayankhyarvaa noted that the cau­cus de­cided to hold ac­count­abil­ity to Min­is­ter B.Bat­zorig, who is con­sid­ered as the key player in this con­tro­ver­sial is­sue.

Af­ter the pub­lic crit­i­cism against him, B.Bat­zorig de­nied his in­volve­ment in loan al­lo­ca­tions.

The cau­cus chair­man said that the cau­cus will propose Par­lia­ment to oust B.Bat­zorig from Cabi­net for his in­volve­ment in the on­go­ing mat­ter.

In ad­di­tion, he added that Prime Min­is­ter and Chair­man of MPP U.Khurel­sukh in­structed all law­mak­ers whose as­so­ciates and fam­ily mem­bers took loans from the fund to give back loans to the fund.

B.Bat­zorig has served as a min­is­ter for a year, and it is al­most cer­tain that he will be­come the sec­ond min­is­ter to be ousted from U.Khurel­sukh’s Cabi­net.

Fol­low­ing D.Khayankhyarvaa’s state­ment, B.Bat­zorig spoke with the me­dia, “I will re­sign from the min­is­ter’s po­si­tion to take eth­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity for the on­go­ing mat­ter,”

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