Turkmenistan will change the administrative-territorial structure
Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, held a meeting on Saturday on improving the country's public administration system and revising its administrative-territorial units.
At the meeting, which was attended by members of both chambers of parliament, heads of regions, departments, political parties and public associations, etc., there were discussed proposals on the abolition of 6 districts - etraps (Gubadag, Gurbansoltan eje, Farab, Dovletli, Serhetabat and Oguzkhan); 5 cities will lose the rights of an etrap and become cities in etraps (Tejen, Gumdag, Khazar, Serdar, Kunyaurgench); 1 etrap (Kenar) in the city of Turkmenbashi; two settlements (Bagabat and Garagel); 36 gengeshliks.
36 villages will be merged with nearby settlements, 6 villages will be given the status of a settlement, 5 villages will be formed, 5 settlements, which have arisen on estate lands allocated for housing construction from a special land fund in the regions will receive a village status.
Thus, in total, it was decided to leave 37 etraps in Turkmenistan, 6 cities with the rights of an etrap, 5 city etraps, 42 cities in etraps, 68 settlements, 469 gengeshliks and 1690 villages.
Proposals were made to change the names of 2 etraps, 3 cities, 4 towns, 3 gengeshliks, and 21 villages.
For example, it was proposed to rename the district and the city of Serdar, returning their historical name - Kyzylarvat.
During the meeting, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov called the work of the heads of regional administrations to improve the life of the population “insufficient” and addressed specific comments to each of them.
Among other things, he criticized the local administrative staff, noting that "each khyakimlik has a significant staff, and they all want to be chiefs."
“As a result, for every daikhan who grows crops with his honest work, and for every worker who produces products, there are several chiefs. Thus, there are actually more leaders than workers. In many cases, these power-hungry people, pretending to be in control, hinder more than help,” said the head of the Halk Maslakhaty.
“A real farmer who owns the land needs neither instructions nor control. He knows his land and his profit,” Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized, demanding to carry out administrative reforms in the regions and minimize the number of chiefs.