Budget spending needs streamlined system: SAO
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) on Saturday urged Ministry of Finance to take budget reports seriously and asked parliament to develop a system of reward and punishment for officials based on how judiciously they spent the budget.
A seven-day training programme to evaluate problems and find solution to budget report was launched in Kabul with the presence of Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish and representatives of finance ministry and parliament.
Danish said budget report was a major document in terms of fighting corruption and asked the SAO to take serious anti-graft steps in all government organizations. He also assured government’s complete backing for the department’s concerned.
SAO head Mohammad Sharif Sharifi said the training programme would also evaluate the challenges of budget reports. He added financial authorities of ministries’ would be trained on how to prepare the report professionally.
Sharifi asked the lower house of parliament to take this year’s report seriously by making a reward and punishment system for the officials based on the reports.
If lower house, he said, did not take actions based on the report then preparing of such reports would be futile.
Amir Khan, head of budget and finance committee of the lower house, said they studied last year’s report thoroughly and based on anomalies in the report some officials were introduced to Attorney General’s Office.
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