BEIRUT: Kataeb leader and MP Samy Gemayel, along with his fellow party members MPs Nadim Gemayel and Elias Hankash, presented two draft laws to Parliament Tuesday seeking to break up both the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities.
The Kataeb lawmakers argued that merging the Public Works and Transport portfolios on one hand, and the Interior and Municipalities portfolios on the other, rendered them ineffective, with authorities failing to allocate the necessary resources for the ministries to perform their tasks.
“Traffic has become a major crisis that requires a drastic plan as soon as possible, and the transport sector has not been given the requisite importance due to the multitude of tasks required by the public works branch,” read the bill presented by the bloc.
The bill also highlights the “differing requirements” of both departments, as well as the need to designate “specialists and experts” to help develop the transport sector.
In 2000 after officials introduced legislation to decrease the number of ministers by merging the Interior and Municipalities Ministries, as well as that of the Public works and Transport.
The bill submitted by the Kataeb bloc maintains that shortcomings have been on display on behalf of the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities due to its failure to adequately “implement development projects while also maintaining security.”
The number of municipalities in Lebanon has surpassed 1030 making it “necessary to security, personal matters, and politics from developmental projects.”
The bill also suggests that reducing “administrative red tape” would alleviate the current burden of the Syrian refugee crisis and expedite the process of decentralization “which has become a pressing matter for all.”
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