40pc of development budget to be spent this year
By the end of the year, 40 percent of the development funds worth 111.80 billion afghanis (about $2.45 million) would be utilised, Mastoor told a news conference in Kabul. Last year, 46 percent of the development outlay was used.
The allocation could not be utilised in full for a variety of reasons, including security problems, delays in project funding approval, poor capacity of implementing agencies, planning weaknesses and the difference between financial years in Afghanistan and donor countries.
However, he said there would be no problem in using almost the entire general budget of 119.849 billion afghanis.
A general budget of more than 150.38 billion afs and development spending of 65.862 billion afs have been proposed for the next fiscal year, Mastoor said.
He linked the general budget hike to the recruitment of 10,000 more teachers, 22,000 policemen, 42,000 soldiers, 5,800 intelligence workers and 1,200 higher education ministry officials.
The development outlay has been slashed because this year's leftover funds would be carried forward to the next fiscal, according to the deputy minister.
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