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Afghan Parliament Rejects Next Fiscal Year’s Second Draft Budget

Afghanistan’s Lower House of Parliament (Wolesi Jirga) on Saturday rejected a second draft budget of AFG473.040 billion for the next fiscal year (1,400/2021).

The Killid Group
16 Jan 2021
Afghan Parliament Rejects Next Fiscal Year’s Second Draft Budget
Parliament of Afghanistan. (Photo: Google)

Parliament rejected a second draft of the next fiscal year’s budget. The decision was made on Saturday in a session of the Wolesi Jirga following an assessment of the budget proposal conducted by the Finance and Budget Commission of the House.

The commission submitted its assessment, but majority of Afghan lawmakers voted it down.

The reason Afghan legislators once again voted against the draft budget was said to be at least 17 already-unacceptable issues and what they said as additionally two more violating issues in the second draft.

The second draft budget is also unbalanced and has again failed to address the issue of equal pay for government employees.

In the second draft of the state budget, next year’s budget was increased from AFG452.641 billion to AFG473.040 billion.

The second draft budget for the fiscal year 1400 included AFN311.199 billion for the ordinary budget and AFN161.842 billion for the development budget.

Earlier on January 12, Afghanistan’s cabinet approved the second draft budget, ordering the Finance Ministry to refer the draft to parliament for an immediate final approval.

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Afghan legislators in the Lower House of the Parliament on December 30 too voted down the fiscal year’s first draft budget.

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The decision to reject the draft stemmed over excluding 1,131 provincial projects, allocating 1.8 billion Afghanis to 91 Code and another 1.8 billion for Code 92−government’s policy codes used in urgent time−as well as allocating a large amount of money for the operational unit of President’s Administrative Office.

The first draft budget for the fiscal year 1400 included AFN296 billion for the ordinary budget and AFN156 billion for the development budge.

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