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Wolesi Jirga rejects draft budget for 2017 by majority vote

Wolesi Jirga rejects draft budget for 2017 by majority vote

Dec 21, 2016 - 12:11


KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, or lower house of parliament, on Wednesday rejected the draft budget for 2017 due to what it called funding disparities among provinces and other problems.

Earlier, the Meshrano Jirga (Senate) approved the proposed accounts for the next fiscal year with some recommendations to ensure balance in countrywide development activity.

The Finance Ministry says 287 billion afghanis have been set aside for the general budget and 178 billion afghanis for development spending. A sum of 150 billion afghanis, 32 percent of the total budget, will come through national revenue.

The remaining budget will be funded through foreign aid. Thirty-six percent of the budget will go to security, 21 percent to infrastructure development, 13 percent to education, six percent to agriculture and the rest to other sectors.

Under Articles 75 and 98 of the Constitution, the budget should be approved in line with the national development strategy and its implementation should pave the ground for the development of all parts of the country.

Amir Khanyar, head of the Wolesi Jirga economic commission, said different panels of the house had discussed the draft budgets in their meetings.

He listed the lack of development balance, a decline in revenue in the coming year, lack of attention to womeninfo-icon and educationinfo-icon and non-availability of a proper mechanism for the execution of projects as the main flaws.

Of the 123 lawmakerspresent during the session, six voted in the favor of the draft budget and 117 against it.


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