MPs want ministers disqualified over under-spending
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of the parliament on Saturday debated disqualification of ministers failing to spend enough part of development funds allocated to their ministries for the ongoing fiscal year.
Lawmaker Mer Dad Khan Nijrabi from Kapisa province said the house should decide the fate of some ministers who did not execute development projects. “Some ministries have so far spent less than 30 percent of their development budget,” he said.
He asked the house’s administrative panel to determine the amount of money which should have to be spent this year on development scehmes in order the house could disqualify the ministers concerned.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi also expressed concern oQver development budget under-spending and asked the administrative delegation to summon the relevant officials for inquiry.
Ibrahimi said insufficient money was spent on uplift projects this year and officials lacking the ability to utilize development funds should be disqualified.
He said the administrative delegation had time until next month Brussels conference to identify ministers not using enough funds.
Currently development funds are issued to 50 government units responsible for uplift activities.
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