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Wolesi Jirga rejects budget expenditure report

Wolesi Jirga rejects budget expenditure report

Dec 02, 2015 - 22:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament members on Wednesday rejected expenditure report of last year’s budget by a majority vote, citing technical issues and under-spending.

The report was presented before the house by the Finance and Budget Commission. Mohammad Azim Muhseni, the panel’s deputy head, told lawmakers that on average 81 percent general and 45 percent development funds had been utilised during the outgoing fiscal year.

He said 717 projects had been approved in the previous budget, but expenses on 347 projects were zero, on 249 projects below 50 percent and on 121 up to 50 percent.

The lawmaker said the National Directorate of Security, the Wolesi Jirga, the Supreme Court and the Academy of Sciences had spent the most of their general budgets.

He said the Human Rights Commission had not used at all its general budget while the Football Federation, the Election Commmsion and the Defence Ministry had spent the least.

In development budget spending, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Counternarcotics, the Office of Administrative Affairs, the Commerce Ministry, Rural Development Ministry and the Independent New Kabul Bank Board were in the lead.

But more than 20 administrative units had spent development budget below 20 percent, Muhseni said.

The cricket board, the National Standards Organisation, the Election Commission, the Investment Support Agency, the human rights commission and the Independent Directorate of Kuchiinfo-icon tribe had not spent their development budgets, he added.

Without going into details, Muhseni said the report had also some technical, audit and legal issues, asking lawmakers to reject the document.

A majority of the lower house members present voted against the expenditure report’s approval.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi asked the commissions concerned to investigate the report in order essential steps could be taken in this regard.



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