ArmInfo. By the end of this year, three offices of the State Committee of the Real Estate Cadastre for servicing the population will be liquidated in Armenia, the head of the committee Martin Sargsyan stated on November 18 at a meeting with Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan's participation.
According to him, which the government press service cites, this year five departments of the committee were merged into one unit, three more offices for servicing the population are united in a single structure, and the same number are liquidated. In addition, in order to reform the cadastre of real estate system, two state non-profit organizations were merged into the association. As a result of optimization, 385 million AMD were saved.
Meanwhile, according to the press release, the expenses of the Committee for the 10 months amounted to 2.59 billion AMD, which is 2.8% more than for the same period of the previous year. It is envisaged that by the end of 2017 the expenses for the maintenance of the State Committee of Real Estate Cadastre will amount to 3.39 billion AMD.
It was noted in the meeting that in Jan-Oct 2017 the number of submitted applications for property transactions increased by 20.2%. Over the first 10 months of this year, AMD 2.3 billion was collected for the services rendered by the committee, which is 11.5% higher than in the same period of 2016. During the reporting period, 670 million AMD were collected and transferred to the state budget. It is envisaged that by the end of this year 775 million AMD will be directed to the state treasury, which will exceed by 22% the indicators of 10 months of 2016.
Asked by the prime minister whether the closure of some offices led to problems for the population, Martin Sargsyan informed that the services were ordered by government agencies to the operators, and from this point of view, no problems were recorded, no complaints from citizens were noted.
The Armenian PM welcomed the reform of the real estate cadastre system, proposing to continue similar actions with respect to the remaining offices. He noted that in this case 635 million AMD would be additionally saved.
Martin Sargsyan stressed that a positive difference between income and expenditure - 200 million AMD - will be channeled to the state budget. He also reported that in Jan-Sep 2017, 127052 real estate transactions were made in Armenia, which is 0.8% more than in the same period last year. According to the chairman of the State Committee of Real Estate Cadastre, statistics show that in July, August and September of this year, there is an increase in transactions, and by the end of the year this figure will increase even more.
Speaking about the reforms in the system, Martin Sargsyan pointed to the formation of a refined database by increasing the number of services provided in electronic form, expanding the services provided and improving their quality.
Karen Karapetyan stressed the importance of the programs being implemented by the Committee, noting that part of the funds saved in the department, which are sent to the state budget, will be returned to the cadastre to continue the reform process. The Prime Minister instructed to continue the envisaged programs and pointed out the importance of accounting for agricultural land, clarifying the available statistical data, equipping the structural units of the real estate cadastre with modern technologies.