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    DOMODEDOVO (Moscow region), February 10 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - The administrative reform in Russia can reduce the number of state apparatus officials by 30%, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Alyoshin.

    "It is hard to give any exact figures yet," Alyoshin said at a seminar for deputies who were first elected to the State Duma (lower house).

    "The analysis has shown that state bodies are involved in about 40% of other activities (not linked to supervisory functions). I think the number of officials will be cut by 30% at least," said Alyoshin.

    The deputy prime minister explained that controlling functions would be passed over to businessmen.

    "In no other country of the world, the state has to be in charge of car inspection, the issuing of technical signs, and technical account of real estate. Such functions as expertise, assessment, calibration and lab tests are going to be supervised by business," said Boris Alyoshin.

    As an example, he cited centers of standardization and metrology that can be found in every city and that are generally well equipped. These centers conduct voluntary and obligatory certification, and carry out lab experiments. "These three functions have nothing to do with the state. They are purely business functions," the vice premier explained.

    In his opinion, these centers should only remain in charge of metrological supervision and supervision over standard observation.

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