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WJ to form special body to monitor government activities

WJ to form special body to monitor government activities

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Jan 08, 2020 - 19:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Wednesday stressed summoning of Kabul security officials and a balanced budget for provinces and decided to form a commission to oversee government activities.

Ghulam Farooq Majroh, a lawmaker from Herat province, said in line with article 89 of the constitution, over one-thirds members of the lower house had demanded formation of a separate commission to study and monitor government activities.

Article 89 of the constitution says: “The House of People shall have the authority to establish a special commission, on the proposal of one thirds of its members, to review as well as investigate the actions of the Government. The composition and method of operation of the aforementioned commission shall be determined by the Regulations on Internal Duties.”

Majroh said more than one thirds members of the house had signed a recommendation letter for formation of a special commission.

He said the transfer of over one billion afghanis from other accounts to code 91 and the transfer of 15 billion afghanis from Central Bank to the Ministry of Finance should be investigated though this commission. He suspected fraud and corruption in these massive transactions.

According to last year’s expenditure report, over one billion afghanis had been transferred to code and the Ministry of Finance had not reported its expenditures.

Majroh officially handed over the recommendation letter to the administrative penal of the house and asked the permanent Commissions and parliamentary groups to introduce qualified individuals to the commission who have insight of finance.

Kabul security officials to be summoned

A number of lawmakers dubbed Kabul a city of terror and brutality and said Kabul police had failed to ensure security of citizens and demanded security officials of Kabul to be summoned to the house.

In response to complaints of a number of lawmakers, Speaker Mir RahmanRahmani said that Kabul police chief, and heads of Kabul police stations would be summoned to the Security Commission next week.

He said lawmakers could participate in the meeting to express their concerns with Kabul security officials.

Complaints about unbalanced budget

The Ministry of Finance has submitted its draft budget of 428 billion afghanis for 2020 to the house on December 22.

Abdul ZahirTamim, a lawmaker from Ghorinfo-icon province, said the budget lacked balance among provinces and had been drafted against the constitution.

“I studied the budget draft in which no attention has been paid to Ghor province, and most of the funds are allocated to first grade provinces and low grade provinces are ignored.”

Ghulam Hussain Naseri, a lawmaker from Kabul province, said: “The allocation of funds for provinces is unfair and more attention is needed to be paid to undeveloped provinces.”

Balqees Roshan, a lawmaker from Farah province, held similar views and said distribution of grades to provinces was unfair and against the law.” She demanded an equal attention to all provinces.

Speaker Rahmani also suggested removal of grade system among provinces and said: “Provinces should not be dubbed as good or bad provinces with equal attention to all and allocation of more funds to less developed provinces.”

He asked lawmakers and specially the Financial and Budget Commission of the house to ensure justice was done in allocation of funds among provinces.

Nh/ma

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