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During the inauguration of Gustavo Petro, Colombian citizens were present at the cultural activities held in the sectors surrounding the Plaza de Bolivar where the inauguration took place. Martín Murillo.
During the inauguration of Gustavo Petro, Colombian citizens were present at the cultural activities held in the sectors surrounding the Plaza de Bolivar where the inauguration took place. Martín Murillo.

State cutbacks in Colombia

President Gustavo Petro plans adjustments in ministries and public entities.

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In principle, he ordered the end of parallel payrolls and the elimination of all "sumptuary or superfluous" expenses. 

With this order, the director of the Administrative Department of the Presidency (Dapre), Mauricio Lizcano, explained that there will be a "very strong cut" in the ministries.

"It has been getting used to these same functions with contractors who are working or in a tie, by political recommendations or who are not really working, or we have found cases of people with many contracts with the State just to lend the name and through that make corruption", said Lizcano in statements collected by the Colombian media Blu.

In addition, the director added that a person should not have more than four contracts with the State. While the process for the elimination of the positions is being carried out through a reform, 122 positions will be left vacant. "We are going to eliminate contractors who are not doing anything," he pointed out.

However, Lizcano clarified that it is not that they are against state contractors, but rather they want to eliminate those who duplicate their functions. 

"Service contracts are not going to be eliminated. There are people who do fulfill their functions in these contracts and work permanently, these people will continue and the functions will continue because contractors and staff are needed to fulfill the mission", he explained.

According to the above, there would be a reduction between 40% and 50% of the number of contractors in the Presidency, with this each member would act according to the instructions given by the President. "We are going to reduce senior advisors, advisors to senior advisors, drivers of senior advisors and we are going to return vans to the UNP", stated Lizcano.

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