Ministers claim spending over 50pc of funds (video)
KABUL (PAN): Four ministers on Monday appeared before the Wolesi Jirga, lower of parliament, insisting they had utilised more than half of development funds allocated to them in the 2011 annual budget.
Lawmakers accuse 11 ministers of failing to spend 50 percent of allocations meant for development activities in 2011.
They summoned the ministers last year to explain their positions, but only seven of them turned up, with the rest staying away despite warnings of no-confidence motions.
On Monday, Information and Culture Minister Syed Makhdoom Raheen, Minister of Economy Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Commerce Minister Anwarul Haq Ahadi and Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani appeared before the house.
Arghandiwal said his ministry had been given id="mce_marker"1.5 million for development schemes in 2011. He added the allocations included a non-discretionary sum of $2.3 million that had been spent on salaries to advisors. by Ataullah Khpulwok
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