President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that his government will prepare an administrative reform so that the autonomous bodies are absorbed by the federal agencies.
In his morning press conference, the president questioned the work of these agencies and said that many of them were created only to handle public money in a discretionary manner.
The president explained that they will thoroughly review the functions and responsibilities of each agency so that there is no duplication of work, not allocate more budget and that the resources remain in the federal government.
“We are going to carry out this administrative reform and we are going to adjust the government to the new reality, and not to continue creating these institutions, we are going to review,” he said.
The president said that next Monday he will have a cabinet meeting in which he will present his proposal for each secretariat to draw up a plan and indicate which agencies can be absorbed by the agencies.
To exemplify the case of the organizations, López Obrador spoke specifically of the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) whose responsibilities, he said, can be absorbed by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT).
The president criticized the work of the IFT since, in theory, it would be an organism that would avoid the monopolies in communication, same that to date exist, “that work could not be done by the Secretariat of Communications?”, He questioned.
In addition, without naming names, it pointed out that its highest advisers are linked to foreign companies and the predominant actors in the communication sector.
According to the president, the IFT has a budget of 1.5 billion pesos, money that could be saved and used to purchase vaccines.
López Obrador assured that even if the IFT is absorbed, its workers will be respected and could be relocated by the SCT.
The president also spoke of the National Institute of Transparency (INAI) whose functions, he said, can be taken over by the Secretariat of Public Function, by the Superior Audit of the Federation by the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office.
“So, yes, we are going to put order because we are going to save 10, 15 or 20 billion pesos, which is the vaccine or half of what the vaccine costs (…) also all these councilors earn more than the president, who is It is another matter that is pending (…) this is going to unleash a lot of debate, but that’s good because there’s no way we’re going to shut up, ”he said.