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Belarus' Interior Ministry plans 10% staff reduction

President 19.05.2017 | 14:24
Igor Shunevich
Igor Shunevich

MINSK, 19 May (BelTA) – Plans have been made to reduce the central apparatus of the Belarusian Interior Ministry by 10%, Interior Minister Igor Shunevich told journalists after the report to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 19 May, BelTA has learned.

The minister spoke about the plans of further reforms in the law enforcement system. “Among other things, we suggest reducing the central apparatus of the Interior Ministry by almost 10%. The position of one deputy minister will be made redundant. A number of subordinate agencies will be also optimized,” Igor Shunevich said.

At the meeting Alexander Lukashenko reminded that the process of optimization is underway in the country. “It has been carried out in the power vertical. The same process is now going on in budget-sponsored organizations,” he said. “The same is done in law enforcement bodies in compliance with a separate plan. There is plan of reduction in the army (this plan was approved long ago). We have also harmonized an optimization plan for the Interior Ministry. This optimization began in the Interior Ministry some time ago, and it is in progress now. What is the state of affairs right now?”

The president also wondered if there are any questions about the previous reforms in the law enforcement system. “We have distinguished the investigation segment and so on. Much time has passed since then. Are there any problems? Can you overcome them? What questions do you have in this regard? It is very important for me. I keep it under control,” the head of state added.

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