November 23, 2014
After Molina Decries ‘Critical’ State Of Affairs At Anti-Drug AgencyThursday, January 16, 2014
Sedronar gets helping hand from Industry Ministry
The Industry Ministry’s resources and structural organization will be placed at the disposal of the Sedronar drug agency led by Juan Carlos Molina in an attempt to update its near-abandoned substance registry, Industry Minister Débora Giorgi revealed yesterday.
Her announcement comes after Molina on Tuesday decried the “critical” state of affairs in Sedronar’s book-keeping as well as lapses in its management, including the National Register of Chemical Precursors, which monitors and authorizes companies to use substance that are otherwise used in the production of illicit drugs.
Part of the agreement would see Sedronar work with the ministry’s National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) to improve control over and verify the drug quantities and types that local companies require for their products, the minister confirmed in a statement after her meeting with Molina.
She claimed INTI would significantly help Sedronar in its efforts to update the registry, as the insititute has facilities all across the country and experience in auditing.
On Tuesday, Molina claimed the registry had not been updated since 2010, adding that it had been “virtually paralyzed” by 1,500 pending proceedings and that since 2011 its administration had stopped requesting federal judges and prosecutors to update the secretariat on legal cases for violations of the narcotics law.
He also alleged that he had uncovered a series of irregularities in Sedronar’s book-keeping and signs of “critical” economic mismanagement, including hefty spending by officials, including 90,000 pesos on lunches in the Buenos Aires city centre.
RESPONSE TO MOLINA COMMENTS
The Industry Minister’s decision to meet with Molina was not the only response noted yesterday in political circles.
Asked about his thoughts on alleged misconduct within Sedronar, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich yesterday seemed to back Molina’s statements.
“Everybody has to take charge of their responsibility and, if there are irregularities, be subject to the law,” he charged, while confirming that eight members of Sedronar’s administrative body had handed him their resignations.
Another 14 had been transferred to Aviation control and another three had not had their contracts renewed.
For his part, Renewal Front lawmaker Eduardo Amadeo said the allegations made by Molina represented “one step further in the worst failures of the (national) government.”
He also suggested — in line with Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa’s recent attempts to gain political capital — that his bloc would seek “to duplicate Sedronar’s budget” if it took power, but also charged that “narcotraffic and addiction can’t be a political issue.”
Herald with DyN, Télam