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THE RESULTS OF THE EXAMINATION CONDUCTED AT THE PENITENTIARY SERVICE OF THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

01.07.2019

The RA State Supervision Service summed up the results of the examination conducted at the Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. The scope of the examination covered the supervision over the legality and effectiveness of the procurement process organized by the Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia.

The results of the examination state that number of procurement processes by the Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia during 2016-2018 were carried out with violations of the legislative norms regulating this field. In particular, in a number of cases, procurement items and their technical characteristics were not been objectively justified and adequate to the need for which the purchase had been made. Often the requirements for technical specifications were complicated, as a result of which the Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia had not provided equal conditions for potential participants in the procurement process, causing unjustified barriers to competition.

At the same time, in some cases high-quality products have been obtained at obviously lower prices as compared to the market price, resulting in a risk that the suppliers have brought the Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice products that does not comply with the technical specifications.

Looking through the construction works contracts signed between the Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia and contractor organizations, it should be stated that in some cases the work was carried out in violation of the design and estimate documentation requirements, as a result of which the works were performed poorly and the materials used did not comply with the criteria set by the contract.

Violations have also been registered in the field of healthcare, in particular in procurement and planning of medicines and other medical supplies, their registration, distribution, preservation and sanitary and hygienic conditions. In some Penitentiary Service there were also poor and expired drugs.

Summarizing the above mentioned, it should be noted that in the procurement process, which was organized by the RA Penitentiary Service in 2016-2018, and was subjected to examination by the RA State Supervision Service, violations of a number of norms prescribed by the RA legislation regulating the given field were registered which have caused the risks of inefficient use of state funds.

The reference of the findings of examination was sent to the RA Prosecutor’s Office to verify the existence of crime traits in the reference.

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