Ghani wants strong decisions on waters management
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday expressed his concern over using only 55 percent of the national budget last fiscal year, asking ministers to take necessary measures to avoid the underspend this year.
Addressing a joint sitting of Cabinet ministers and parliament members, the president praised the parliament for approving the national budget ahead of rising for the winter break.
Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah was also present at the meeting. President Ghani said all the Cabinet members had prepared their plans in line with their respective budgetary allocations.
“Everything that is in the budget, the ministers are duty-bound to act on that in order we could clearly go ahead.”
The president said finding money and spending it were two different subjects and the Finance Ministry had all these options in hand, but it was unfortunate that only 55 percent budgets were spent in the previous years.
“The coming year needs basic measures to utilise the budget and avoid the bad practice of underspend,” he said.
The president said the management of Afghanistan’s waters was as important as procurement, calling for serious measures in this regard.
He said leadership of the parliament should take clear and strong decisions about the management of the country’s waters, calling for all projects to be finalized before the start of the next solar year.
“Before the new year begins, all governors will be called again to sit with members of the parliament and the Cabinet to underline all issues.”
In his address to lawmakers, the president said he wanted to listen from them what their constituents in all the zones had told them (during the parliament recess) and what were their messages in order measures could be taken accordingly.
In other part of his speech, the president said as chief of the three pillars of the state he looked to each pillar with the same eye. He said no pillar could perform its task without cooperation of the other pillars.
CEO Abdullah Abdullah said such meetings offered a good opportunity to highlight problems and find solutions to them.
He said ministers were partially informed in most cases about specific problems and government departments too did not share many matters with public representatives.
He told lawmakers: “The official meetings you continue to hold often do not provide the chance to share the origin of an issue, the actual goal which is to rescue the country and bring peace and stability is far from being achieved.”
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