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Baghdad / Obelisk: The number of government employees for whom the state spends tens of billions of hard currency annually to pay their wages is swelling, at a time when thousands are demonstrating to obtain a government job.
With a shocking comparison, in 2003 the number of employees was only 850,000, while in 2022 the number of employees reached more than 5 million employees and retirees, or nearly a quarter of the total population of Iraq.
The shocking numbers of employees, in addition to parliamentarians and presidencies, their salaries make up nearly 50% of the country's budget.
It is expected to deplete the oil resources, which constitute the bulk of Iraq's financial revenues, due to the continuous inflation of staff preparation, which comes in parallel with the failure of the concerned authorities to develop plans and studies to avoid problems.
Mazhar Muhammad Salih, adviser to the Iraqi prime minister for economic affairs, says that the state's philosophy after 2003 relied on distributing oil revenues to employees, where each employee supports five people with the aim of creating prosperity, but this philosophy in the long run harms the country greatly.
Iraqi economist Salam Zaidan believes that governments have adopted unsuccessful strategies in managing the country's economy, as the number of employees has increased in a very frightening manner.
The academic, Sajjad al-Baghdadi, attributes the increase in the number of employees to the electoral propaganda of the ruling political parties since 2003, in addition to the fact that some parties took control of the ministries and made random appointments.
The researcher, Amir Abdul-Hussein, explained that the inflation of the government apparatus during 10 years was due to the absorption of the job seeker through state institutions, which in the absolute majority were not productive, and because most political forces considered this a tool to increase their popularity.
The current solutions are divided into several levels, one of which is the construction of huge numbers of factories and production institutions, and the restructuring of the government apparatus so that hundreds of thousands of them move to these productive bodies, to get rid of their financial and administrative burdens.
Inflation comes with the preparation of employees, in parallel with the repeated demonstrations of thousands of graduates demanding government appointments.
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