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Ministry Chief Is Eighth Discharged This Year

August 2, 1985

MOSCOW (AP) _ The minister for construction, road and municipal machine building was replaced Friday - the eighth ministry chief to be removed this year in a drive by Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to increase economic efficiency.

A government announcement read over the evening television news program ″Vremya″ (″Time″) said Vitaly I. Chudin, 65, was ″released″ from the ministry post he had held for nearly five years and replaced by Yevgeny A. Varnachev.

No information about Varnachev was given in the brief official announcement.

Also removed this year were ministers of oil; iron and steel; light industry; power and electrification; transport construction; building materials, and special and higher education.

The Soviet government is managed by 64 national ministries, plus dozens of state committees with administrative powers and Communist Party organizations that oversee various industries.

Party and government groups have recommended in recent years that the structure be streamlined. Gorbachev has not indicated whether he plans to consolidate or eliminate any ministries or committees.

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