Georgia, Tbilisi / Trend corr N. Kirtskhalia / Georgian State Minister on Economic Reforms, Kakha Bendukidze, disproved reports on the Government's intentions to sell the railways. Bundukidze reported to journalist on 27 June that changes to the Law on Privatization, which clearly indicate objects that cannot be privatized, had been developed.
"The draft law has already been submitted to Parliament and causes discontent of the opposition. However, we indicated a long list of objects that can be privatized, for instance kindergartens and others.
Bendukidze stressed that the objects which can be at the dispose of local power bodies had been also defined.
"These objects were not defined in previous laws, as local government bodies were elected just recently. Now their authorities are being defined," he said.
Meanwhile, the opposition states that the Government included the railway on the list along with the schools, kindergartens, water reservoirs and cemeteries. Notably the sale of the railways is prohibited by the Law.