The Agency for State Financial Control and Combating Corruption has launched an investigation into purchase of a printing press at the cost of 500,000 somoni that proved to be unfit for the Khorog printing house.

The printing press was purchased last year and it worked only for a week.  Later it turned out that a special paper is needed for this printing press.  As a result the printing press became unserviceable and the Khorog print workers are forced to repair the old printing press to print their products.  

The Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) governor Shodikhon Jamshed has told reporters that local companies and entrepreneurs refrained from participating in a tender for purchase of that printing press.

“By my order a special commission of the anticorruption agency is investigating the purchase of that printing press,” the governor said.  

Meanwhile, representatives of local print media say they are forced to wait for several days because of repair of the old printing press which was purchased in 2005.  In some cases, they are even forced to send their newspapers for printing to Dushanbe.