Wednesday, 26 September

Environment Ministry Refuses to Send Employees to Training Provided by U.S.; Cites "Mystery" Procedural Rule



Five employees of the RA Ministry of Nature Protection’s State Environmental Inspectorate were scheduled to attend a five day study course in Hungary regarding environmental violations.

The Inspectorate sent the list of names to Minister Harutyunyan for approval, after which it was to have been sent to the U.S. Embassy for a final OK. The entire program was financed by the embassy.

The U.S. Embassy informed Hetq that the Embassy proposed an environmental criminal investigation training for Armenian officials from the Ministry of Nature Protection, and this would have been one the many exchange programs between the U.S. Government and Armenian law enforcement bodies. 

According to the list drawn up by the Inspectorate, the five employees selected to travel to Hungary were Inspectorate Deputy Chief Igor Sargsyan; Biodiversity, Land, Wastes and Hazardous Substances Management Division Chief Hovhannes Hunanyan; Vayots Dzor Territorial Department Chief Vahik Grigoryan; Forestry Supervision Division Temporary Head Vardan Asatryan; and Biodiversity, Land, Wastes and Hazardous Substances Management Division employee Artur Beglaryan.

A Hetq source at the Ministry said that Minister Harutynyan made two changes to the list, removing Igor Sargsyan and Vahik Grigoryan, replacing them with two of “his own people”.

One was Armen Lablajyan, a brother of the Minister’s personal chauffeur and the Chief of the Lori Territorial Department.

The other replacement was Samvel Shahgaldyan, Chief of the Inspectorate’s Yerevan Division. He’s also the brother of Kotayk Regional Administrator Kavalenko Shahgaldyan.

The U.S. Embassy did not approve the participation of these two replacements.

Minister Harutyunyan then declared that if his two replacements couldn’t go to Hungary, no one would go, even though the embassy had already purchased air tickets for the group.

U.S. Embassy Press Secretary Takouhie Jahoukyan told Hetq that the Ministry did not send anyone for this program, advising us to contact the Ministry of the Nature Protection for additional details.

When Hetq asked Minister Harutyunyan why no one was sent to Hungary and why he had made changes to the list of names, we received the following reply from the Ministry’s Chief of Administration Edgar Pirumyan:

“In answer to your inquiry, we wish to inform you that when making such decisions the Ministry follows an internal rules of procedure.”

So what’s the internal procedure Pirumyan refers to and why does it ban Ministry employees from receiving vital training remains a mystery to us.

Pirumyan has failed to answer these questions we posed to him as well.

Perhaps it’s the same “internal procedure” that allowed Minister Harutyunyan to include his wife, Hasmik Abgaryan, on a junket to high level international conclave.

She’s registered as an employee of the “Environmental Project Implementation Unit” State Agency.

But the Ministry cannot hide behind this dubious “internal procedure” in order to avoid answering our questions in the deadline prescribed by Armenian law.

Hetq will be presenting other examples of how the Ministry conveniently uses this mysterious “internal procedure” when the need arises. 


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Comments (10)
1. Ando20:52 - 11 July, 2012
I am never amazed at the government officials of Armenia. They have to be the most hated, brainless, simply ignorant individuals. Man I really wish all these clowns one day are forced out or replaced by people that really should occupy those posts. There is absolutely no accountability for these brain dead ministers, hence they get away with everything. I really like to thank Hetq and all the other Armenian news agency that expose and really serve as the backbone of civil society. Without these kind of discoveries it would be impossible to put pressure and fight for change.
2. chenqlrely22:39 - 11 July, 2012
BULKI EM YZUM BAIC VOCH JAMKETNANC:):))):):))::))HAHAHA>>>>>>.........
3. Amalia22:40 - 11 July, 2012
Զարմանալի բան է: Միայն Հետքի հրապարակումներում այնքան՝ մեկը մեկից սկանդալային բացահայտումներ կան, որ մեկ այլ քաղաքակիրթ երկրում անպայման կհանգեցներ կամավոր, թե ստիպողական պաշտոնանկման դեպքերի: Իսկ մեր մոտ, ռուսական պատկերավոր խոսքով ասած՝ как с гуся вода… Այս նախարարը բնապահպանության նախարարությունը համարում է իր “դուքանը”: Վերադասն էլ թույլ է տալիս: Ահա, թե որտեղ պետք է փնտրել վարչապետի կնոջ հարստանալու բանաձևը:
4. GALUST23:12 - 11 July, 2012
ZARMANALU BAN CHKA AMBOXCH PETAKAN APARAT@ SARKEL EN KAVOR -SANIKNERI AKUMB
5. Krrrr00:49 - 12 July, 2012
Amalia I am fully agree with you! Yes you are right there is a link between PM and Biscuits (Minister). Vivid corruption!!!!!!
6. Vlad02:06 - 12 July, 2012
Galust chisht es, hatkapes bnapahpanutiunum vor kam poxov en ashxatanqi @ndunum kam el tsanot, barekam ev sanikneri kam @nkeruhineri. Da miak naxararutiunna erb hech karevor chi vor masnaget lini ashxatox@ vortev henc naxarar@ masnaget chi
7. Biskvit02:09 - 12 July, 2012
Bulkin ete imana vor ira petakan meqenan ta Taxu tak dnen u pox durs kga urem hastat et el arendaiov kta:))))))
8. Կարո14:09 - 12 July, 2012
Այստեղ էն ասում, ասա նախարարներդ ովքեր էն և կիմանաս նախագահը ով է......
9. ARMher14:07 - 14 July, 2012
Նախարարության ներքին կանոնակարգի դրույթներին քաջատեղյակ եմ և կփորձեմ օգնել ՀԵՏՔԻՆ դրանց ներկայացումն ամբողջական դարձնելու հարցում
10. GB19:21 - 16 July, 2012
Most uneducated ministers or oligarch MPs worry for their position...this guy must have happy connection and bribed by some companies, who are cutting Armenia's trees left and right, bribing the ministry boss and his loyal employees!! Wake up Armenia....these people are not serving your interest they are serving to their rotten pockets only!! Thank you Hetq, for naming these traitors in your newspaper, Armenians deserved to have well educated and smart nationalist MPS and Ministers and we have plenty of them in diaspora who are willing to take over these important jobs voluntarily in the name of Armenian people!!
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