Housing and communal services as an open book
29.10.2012 00:00As citizens of a partially recognized and not integrated into the international life state for a long time, we perceived the Internet primarily as an opportunity to receive information and correspondence, and in recent years as a public platform for exchanging views. Yet in many countries, the relationship between the state and its citizens is organically transferred into the Internet’s language, which to some extent eliminates bureaucratic arbitrariness and makes it easier to control by the society and the citizen. People easily get help in the Internet, information on their departments of interest, and more – time spent in line before the officials’ doors decreased sharply.
Recently in Abkhazia been established a unique payment center to sort the situation in the housing and communal services. Up to now there is clarification of specific data on apartments, rent, benefits and so on, one can really hope that in a year or two the situation will settle down. But the progress in this area is not static - for example, in July of this year, the Russian State Duma introduced a draft on federal law "On the state information system of housing and communal services".
Authors of the law hope that such a system will provide convenience to public and restore order in the housing and communal sector. Actually there will be a global system of electronic passports apartments, individual dwellings and apartment buildings. Everything related to housing issues and can disturb tenants will be incorporated into the national database. Tariffs, subsidies, debt, settlement, and the formation of public utilities, the data on the state of housing, information on persons performing its activities, addresses planned rehabilitations. The list in the electronic data system will be approved by the government.
And all this will be in the open electronic access!
Housing and communal services will become an open book for all citizens! Anyone will be able to find out all he wants, without any problems. If there is no computer or Internet at home, you can run in twenty minutes to Internet cafe - getting information will not cost much and no hassle.
Why do not we do the same and do not begin a gradual work in this direction?
If our Parliament will address this issue, and at least next year will adopt a necessary law, and a unique payment center perhaps will be expanded and be given additional functions, in the coming years Abkhazia will make an important step in bringing the housing and communal economy in a civilized state and eliminate new abuses in housing area.