Lower house likely to disprove new budget
KABUL(PAN): Lawmakers at the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the Parliament are likely to disapprove the proposed budget for the current Afghan year due to various problems in the draft, an official said on Thursday.
On Feb 8, finance minister Omar Zakhilwal sent the budget draft for 1390 Afghan year to the Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of the Parliament, for approval. The senators then forwarded it to the Wolesi Jirga three weeks ago.
The Ministry of Finance had asked parliamentarians to approve the budget as soon as possible so ministries could release salaries to servants in line with the new budget.
Copies of the budget draft are given to all 18 commissions of the Wolesi Jirga for study, head of financial and budget affairs commission of the house, Amir Khan Yar, said.
He said they had pointed out 18 problems in the new fiscal budget, but he would not provide details. "There are some serious problems which may lead MPs to disapprove it," he said.
However, spokesman for the Ministry of Finance, Aziz Shams, said operations of all ministries would stop or face problems, if the budget was not approved soon. "There may be problems concerning payment of salaries to public servants and development projects," he said.
The budget for current Afghan year has a total outlay of 215.9 billion afghanis ($4,753,410,000), Zakhilwal had told upper house while presenting the draft on March 12.
If approved, the budget would be spent on security, good governance and infrastructure redevelopment, with a major share going to security sector, according to Zakhilwal.
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