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Fire 8 budgetary units’ heads, MPs ask govt

Fire 8 budgetary units’ heads, MPs ask govt

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Dec 14, 2017 - 20:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Thursday asked the government to remove eight budgetary unit heads and decided to summon 22 units’ officials and introduce 19 heads to judicial organs following the 1395 Fiscal Year expenditure report.

The statistics presented by the lower house of Parliament today showed the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) had spent only seven percent of its development budget.

The water supply department has spent 14 percent of its development budget and the Capital Zone Development Authority 16 percent, becoming the least budget-spending organs last fiscal year.

The ministries of rural rehabilitation and development, economy and foreign affairs spent most or 88 to 83 percent of their budget respectively, according to the statistics.

According to a letter from the Wolesi Jirga, officials of 22 budgetary units that spent less than 60 percent of their budgets would be summoned to the judicial organs for interrogation.

The letter lists under-spending budgetary units as Afghanistaninfo-icon Academy of Science spent 18 percent of its budget, Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon 19 percent, Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) 19 percent, National Physical Training and Sportsinfo-icon Department 23 percent, Wolesi Jirga 24 percent, the Independent General Directorate of Kuchiinfo-icon (IGDK) 26 percent, Afghanistan National Standards Authority 26 percent, Office of the Chief Executive and Secretariat of the Council of Ministers 29 percent.

The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) spent 36 percent of its budget last fiscal year, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) 38 percent, National Environmentinfo-icon Protection Authority 40 percent, Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) 43 percent.

High Audit Authority 43 percent, Small Financing Resources’ Support Department 46 percent, Ministry of Counternarcotics 47 percent, Ministry of Water and Energy 48 percent, Kabul municipality 51 percent, Ministry of Hajjinfo-icon and Islamic Affairs 56 percent and Geodesy and Cartography Department 58 percent of their budget in the 1395 solar yearinfo-icon.

According to the list, the Wolesi Jirga has termed as law violations the adding of 41 new posts to the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs and 51 new post to IDLG and not clearing 15 letters of credit worth more than $54 million by the Ministry of Water and Energy.

The list show the office of the chief executive used 132 operative funds, Afghanistan National Standards Authority failed to purify more than $27 million and IGDK added 62 new posts to its organization, which are other violations.

Heads of eight independent budgetary units including ministries and departments headed by acting officials, who spent less than 60 percent of their development budget, have been introduced to the president for removal, according to the source.

The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology has spent 30 percent of its budget last year, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum 37 percent, the Ministry of Educationinfo-icon 38 percent, the Ministry of Public Works 41 percent, the Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs 44 percent, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs 46 percent, the Ministry of Information and Culture 50 percent and the Ministry of Transport 59 percent.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs did not meet Worldinfo-icon Bank’s conditions and the Ministry of Education has not cleared about $3 million in account payments while the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum did not clear three cases of letter of credit worth of $700,000 and the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology did not clear seven cases of letter of credit worth $55,000, which are violations, according the Wolesi Jirga.

Also the letter adds that 19 independent budgetary units (ministries and independent departments) which have spent more than 60 percent of their annual development budgets, should be referred to judicial organs as the expenditure was in violation of finance regulations and budget execution law.

These budgetary units include the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) as well which has spent 61 percent of its development budget.

The Administrative Office of the President (AOP) spent 62 percent budget, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) 64 percent, the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) 65 percent, the Supreme Court 65 percent, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) 70 percent, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) 71 percent, the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon (MoPH) 72 percent, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) 73 percent, and Ministry of Justice 73 percent.

Other units included the President's Protective Service (PPS) that spent 75 percent, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) 77 percent, the Ministry Urban Development and Housing (MoUDH) 79 percent, the National Radio Television of Afghanistan 80 percent, the Ministry of Finance 82 percent, the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock 82 percent, the MoFA 83 percent, the Ministry of Economy 83 percent, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) 88 percent of their budget.

The source further read with regard to violations by these budgetary units that the PPS has spent five million afs more than originally approved for it, the Supreme Court has also excessively spent 5 million afs from operational funds, HOOAC added 90 posts, AOP expended 82 million afs from operational costs, increased 151 positions and has not cleared accountability of 91 million afs.

By the same token, the source further adds that the AGO has increased 126 posts, the MoFA amended eight posts and transferred more than 73 million afs from one account to another bank account.

The Ministry of Finance has brought amendments against finance and accounting rules; the MoUDH increased eight posts and decreased funds of four projects. The Ministry of Justice added six slots, the MoCI not cleared the payment of $2 million and the MoPH added eight posts and transferred 111 million afs from one account to another.

It’s pertinent to mention here that the Wolesi Jirga has rejected the fiscal year 1395 expenditure report on December 9.

The Wolesi Jirga, after assessing the budget of 1394 fiscal year, had impeached seven ministers for spending less than 70 percent of their relevant development annual budgets.

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