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The responsibility of control and participation in representing the people

parlamento notaDuring each session of the National Assembly of People’s Power, deputies debate the realities of the country, the most pressing problems, strategic or urgent measures, and immediate or long-term solutions. In their role as elected representatives of the people, deputies also talk about audits, control, and participation.

But the National Assembly, as a whole, sessions for just a few days. The primary working space of the deputy, therefore, is alongside his or her electorate. It is also there, at the grassroots, where the responsibility for overseeing the administrative management and compliance with the agreements of the Assembly advances.

Meeting this responsibility, like the other 380 deputies from all over the country, was

Giraldo Martín Martín, representative of Jovellanos, who participated in the audit undertaken in the province of Matanzas to assess the implementation of the agreements adopted by Parliament.

“I had previously participated in actions of this nature led by the Economic Affairs Committee, but this time the exercise was more comprehensive,” the director of the Indio Hatuey Experimental Pasture and Forage Station noted.

“In Matanzas we identified outstanding efficiency reserves in the drafting of the plan. We also detected potentialities in certain business sectors. In agriculture or the industrial branch, for example, capacities are installed and other products can be manufactured that are not taken into account today, in some cases because of the lack of resources, but in others – and this is the most worrisome aspect – due to the lack of development projects.

“With regard to the control of fuels, apparently there are no vulnerabilities, and the documents do not indicate any diversions; however, in practice there is diversion, because sales do not correspond to the levels of private transport activity.”

In Giraldo’s opinion, “We must move toward another way of approaching control. Evaluating, perhaps, the possibility of assigning, at reasonable prices, quotas to legally recognized transportation providers. That could help us to make sure fuel is better used.”

Ensuring that the State Budget and the Economic Plan better reflect the role of science was another of the issues that caught Giraldo’s attention. “We must ensure science has a more important role, because knowledge is our greatest asset.”

It is time, Giraldo concluded, that also at the enterprise level, the Plan and Budget cease to be conceived as simple day-to-day tools. It is rather a question of ensuring they help to provide a strategic vision that contributes to development and, consequently, to the well-being of the people.


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