Republican People’s Party (CHP) Niğde MP Ömer Fethi Gürer has put on the parliament’s agenda with a parliamentary question the removal of gains from the republican era until 2002, when the AKP government began , from the public over the past 20 years.
Gürer asked for answers to the following questions in the parliamentary question:
- “In 2022, what is the number of resources sold by privatization over the past 20 years?
- What is the income from privatization in Turkey during this period?
- Where were the privatization revenues spent?
- Based on the authority given by the Privatization Administration in accordance with Article 4 of Law No. 4046, how many organizations have privatized public shares within the framework of the practices carried out by the organizations within the framework of the privatization program?
- What is the digital expansion of the privatized port, power plant, enterprises, hotel, social equipment, machinery and equipment, naming rights, scissors and vehicle inspection services? What is the income provided and where are the spending areas? »
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In the response given by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance to the request of CHP MP Gürer, it was stated that information on privatization practices is available on the website of the Privatization Administration.
in the statement
“The Privatization Administration implements privatization practices in a transparent and open to the public manner. In this context, tables with detailed data on privatization practices are available on the website of the Privatization Administration (www.oib.gov.tr).” it has been said.
NACI AĞBAL ANNOUNCED
CHP Niğde MP Ömer Fethi Gürer answered the question about privatizations to then Finance Minister Naci Ağbal in 2018. Ağbal said: “With public shares in 101 establishments, 10 ports, 90 power plants, 40 enterprises, 11 hotels/social facilities, 3,000,703 real estate, 37 mine sites, 3 ships, 6,000,808 machine-equipment, 155 naming/trademark rights and vehicle inspection services are customized. In addition, the public shares in the two organizations and one company, 1,230 real estate, 95 ships and 102 machinery and equipment were transferred to public institutions for a total of 1 billion dollars.
Ağbal reported that the total amount of sale/transfer requests during the above-mentioned period was $60.9 billion, and that $58.4 billion was collected, including maturity differences, for these practices, some of which were made in the form of forward sales.
GÜRER: WHERE WAS THE PRIVATIZATION MONEY SPENT?
CHP MP Ömer Fethi Gürer pointed out that Treasury and Finance Minister Nebati, instead of explaining where public resources have been privatized since 2018, was evasive and used the following statements:
“With the presidential system, ministers basically use expressions to not answer questions. They avoid transparency and the provision of information. This information should not be hidden from the public. What has been sold openly with privatization? Where was the revenue spent? to be shared with the public by the minister. After 2018, different privatizations were done, especially in the sugar mills. Where was the revenue spent? The public should know. It does not enough to have some information on the Privatization Administration website, it is necessary to disclose the privatization income one by one.
All citizens have the right to disclose to which persons, institutions and countries the privatized public institutions are sold and to know where the income from these institutions is spent. Republican period earnings were nearly looted and sold below value. Today, it is not even possible to establish certain factories which are sold with the total proceeds of privatization. State assets were nearly depleted and problems arose in some areas. Examples such as Türk Telekom, fertilizer factories, sugar factories are concrete reflections of the negativities that have arisen with unforeseen privatizations. The public sector continues to drain and its assets are sold. Privatizations are not economic improvements, but applications that make problems worse and consume public resources to the detriment of nothing. The Minister must not have been able to give a clear answer to our question, probably because he did not want his mistakes made public, or because he did not know where the revenue was spent.”