Government commission on Kazakh Zhanaozen may complete its work
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.10 / Trend, E.Kosolapova /
The government commission on Kazakh Zhanaozen city may complete its work, since its all tasks have been fulfilled, Kazakh Prime Minister's press service quotes the commission head Umirzak Shukeev as saying on Tuesday.
"I believe that the government commission has fulfilled its tasks, all urgent measures have been effectively and timely worked out. I offer to end the government commission's work and move to medium-term work plan," Mr Shukeev said at the government meeting on Tuesday.
Mass riots hit the Kazakh oil town of Zhanaozen on Dec.16 killing 16 and injuring more than 100 people. Buildings and cars were burned and property of individuals and legal bodies destroyed. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared a state of emergency in Zhanaozen until Jan.31.
The unrest was preceded by strikes of employees of oil companies, demanding higher wages. The court found the protest actions illegal and the firms dismissed thousands of workers for striking.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered to form a government commission to investigate events in Zhanaozen. He also ordered to solve the problem with fired workers and take measure on their job placement as soon as possible.
Mr Shukeev said currently cleaning operations have been completed and beautification of the city is underway in Zhanaozen. Five regions of Kazakhstan transferred 100 million tenge each (148.54 tenge to $1) to help the city. The work to support regional entrepreneurship is underway. Thus, loans worth up to 5 million tenge will be allocated on favorable terms.
In addition, 1,622 job applications have been submitted in Zhanaozen, which is 80 percent of the number of former workers.