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MPs reject 1396 fiscal year’s expenditure report

MPs reject 1396 fiscal year’s expenditure report

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Nov 24, 2018 - 17:30

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of the Parliament on Saturday rejected the governor’s expenditure report for the fiscal year 1396 and decided to summon heads of budgetary units who spent less than 70 percent of their budget and remove heads of such units.

Azi Mohseni, head of the Finance and Budgetary Commission of the Wolesi Jirga, while presenting information about the expenditure report of 1396 fiscal year to lawmakers, said that budgetary units on average spent around 92 percent of their general budgets and 67 percent of development funds.

He said 275 billion afghanis had been set aside as general budget for 1396 fiscal year and 253 billion afghanis of the accouts had been spent. From 152 billion afghanis development budget, 116 billion afghanis have been spent, he added.

Ministries of justice, energy and water, counternarcotics, public works, information and culture, telecommunication and IT, educationinfo-icon, mines and petroleum, and transport have spent less than 70 percent of their budgets, he informed.

The ministries of energy and water, information and culture, education and mines and petroleum are headed by acting ministers and the Wolesi Jirga cannot summon acting officials.

Mohseni said the Afghanistaninfo-icon Land Authority, the Capital Region Independent Development Authority, Milli TV and Radio, the Kabul Municipality, Office of Administrative Affairs of the President, Civil Aviation Authority, Supreme Court, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), High Office of Oversight and Corruption, Environmentinfo-icon Protection Authority, Central Audit Authority, Kuchis Coordination Department, Urban Water Supply, Academy of Sciences, Wolesi Jirga, Physical Training Department, Norm and Standard Authority, and Central Statistics Organization have also spent less than 70 percent of their budgets.

He said the finance and budgetary commission in a joint meeting with permanent commissions of the lower house had set budget spending target for officials 70 percent but some commissions suggested the target to be 60 percent.

Mohseni asked the Wolesi Jirga speaker to put the controversial issue for a vote before the lawmakers.

“Twenty-four budgetary units have spent more than 70 percent of their development budget and 29 budgetary units including ministries, spent less than 70 percent of their development budgets,” he added.

He said the Wolesi Jirga would summon officials and 19 other officials would be referred to the President to remove them and introduce them to judiciary organs for their violations.

“The Wolesi Jirga would also suggest removal of deputies, procurement heads and construction heads of ministries who have spent less than 70 percent of their budgets besides the removal of ministers,” he said.

Mohseni said some budgetary units had also violated the law according to the expenditure report and they should be introduced to judiciary organs, a suggestion he said had been approved by the lower house.

The Wolesi Jirga speaker at the end put the expenditure report for vote, but 112 out of 115 lawmakers present in the house voted against the report.

The Wolesi Jirga had also rejected expenditure reports of 1394 and 1395 fiscal years.

The lower house had summoned 16 ministers for spending less than 70 percent of their budget in 1394 fiscal year and disqualified seven ministers including Salahuddin Rabbani, foreign affairs minister.

However, Rabbani still works as acting foreign affairs minister after his disqualification.

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