YPC Weekly Newsletter

2011


BY NOT GRANTING “ASPAREZ” THE REQUESTED INFORMATION, SHIRAK GOVERNOR DID NOT KEEP HIS WORD

On April 8 “Asparez” Journalists Club of Gyumri released a statement informing that Ashot Gizirian, the Governor of Shirak region, has failed to implement the amicable agreement, concluded on June 16, 2010 between “Asparez” and the Governor.

As it has been reported, on January 18 and 29, 2010 the Board Chairman of “Asparez” Levon Barseghian addressed Lida Nanian – the Governor of Shirak region at that time – requesting to provide information on budgetary funds, allocated in 2005-2009 as financial assistance to impecunious citizens of Shirak, the copies of the Governor’s relevant decisions, and on the 2005-2009 expenditure of budgetary funds under article “Representation Expenses”. As the requested information was granted partially, Levon Barseghian filed the RA Administrative Court of Gyumri, demanding to hold the inaction of the Governor, oblige Lida Nanian to fully reply to both inquiries, as well as exact the state duty for filling the suit. The hearings on the suit started on April 27, 2010 and ended on June 16 with an amicable agreement. The new Governor of Shirak region Ashot Gizirian engaged to fully provide with the requested information until July 1, while the Board Chairman of “Asparez” committed to withdrawing the suit (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, June 18-24, 2010).

As the statement of “Asparez” Journalists Club notes, the Governor Ashot Gizirian failed to keep his word. The part of the documents, and even then unduly, was received by “Asparez” on January 14, 2011, only after addressing the Shirak Regional Department of the RA Service of Compulsory Execution of Judicial Acts. On March 30 the “Asparez” Board Chairman Levon Barseghian once again referred to the Service of Compulsory Execution for assistance in the full implementation of the amicable agreement. Besides, since March 30 till April 8 the Head of “Asparez” has tried to meet the Governor every day, however every time he got different excuses from the local administration staff, the statement stresses.

Given the abovementioned, “Asparez” Journalists Club stated that the administration of Shirak region, the former and the present Governors – Lida Nanian and Ashot Gizirian – conceal from the public the information on allocation of 70 million AMD to impecunious people at the expense of taxpayers. According to “Asparez”, the aforesaid sources were allocated with serious violations and the NGO will continue its efforts to make this information public.