MPs to grill ministers over under-pending after summer recess
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmakers on Wednesday said ministers whose ministries under-spent development budget during the ongoing fiscal year would be summoned and grilled.
Last night, President Ashraf Ghani during a meeting with lawmakers asked them to observe the performance of ministers about spending development funds.
The president had also said ministries who failed to spend more than 80 percent of their development budget should not ask for funds in future.
Irfanullah Irfan, the Wolesi Jirga or lower house deputy secretary, told reporters here that the house after returning from the summer break would seek explanation from ministers who failed to utilise uplift funds.
Amir Khan Yar, the lower house financial and budgetary commission head, said so far most of the government institutions had spent only 20 percent of their uplift funds.
“The president during last night meeting told us to summon ministers and seek explanation from them regarding development budget spending and disqualify ministers who fail to satisfy the house,” he said.
Yar said such ministers would be summoned and lawmakers after hearing their remarks might opt for a no-trust vote if their explanations were unsatisfactory.
He said the bulk of development budgets were usually spent during the last four months of a fiscal year and funds were also released for more projects at the end of the year.
Abbdul Qader Zazai, a lawmaker from Kabul, said ministers who did not spend 80 percent of their budgets would be sent home. He said the house would decide on the issue after the summer vacation.
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