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The government of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia'a al-Sudani is facing a new test by applying social justice and reducing class differences between the people, represented by directing the Financial Supervision Bureau to follow up on the law to reduce the privileges of special grades and officials, which was previously issued in 2019 and remained a dead letter until now, at a time when between economists and politicians that the implementation of This law and the reduction of the benefits of the three presidencies and other ministries labeled “sovereign” will provide the state treasury with billions of dinars per month, which can be invested in providing services to citizens.
A member of the Integrity Committee and representative of the National Contract Bloc, Abd al-Rahim al-Shammari, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “reducing the privileges and salaries of officials in it is to save the budget and is in the interest of the Iraqi people, which is a good and necessary thing,” adding that “the real window that must be The prime minister must work on it to recover the money, which are the investments that were granted to personalities and destinations, and in which a lot of public money was wasted, in addition to the (theft of the century) amounting to two billion and 700 million dollars.
Al-Shammari called on Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’a al-Sudani to pay attention to important files that will provide money for the budget, including “contracting, lands and investments unjustly granted to some personalities, and striking the former senior corrupt and others,” calling on him to strike the corrupt publicly and clearly in front of public opinion.
The newspaper stated, "According to the numbers of the 2021 budget, the annual salaries of the Presidency of the Republic were more than 35 billion dinars, and the House of Representatives 228 billion dinars, while for the General Secretariat and the Prime Minister's Office, in the same budget, they amounted to 81 billion dinars, bringing the total salaries to 345 billion dinars, in When the number of employees in those departments reached 5926, the average monthly salary, according to experts in economic affairs, per employee is 850.4 million dinars.
For his part, political analyst Jassem Al-Gharabi said, in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: “The prime minister committed himself to fighting corruption, and there are special privileges for the three presidencies and sovereign ministries such as oil, finance and electricity, as they receive high salaries that differ from the rest of the departments. There are Employees who have long service in some departments do not receive a quarter of the salary that employees in the presidencies receive.
He added, “There are unreasonable privileges for officials, as many of them own many residential homes and buildings, while the state pays them a rent amount of 4 million dinars per month,” stressing that “legalizing these and other expenditures will have a great financial return for the Iraqi treasury, especially since it is not commensurate with the situation of a country where the poverty rate exceeds 30%.
In turn, the economist, Osama Al-Tamimi, told Al-Sabah: “There are many financial paragraphs according to which huge sums of money are spent as allocations and petty cash that must be reviewed to determine spending and redirect it towards other sections that serve citizens and eliminate the sagging and distortion that afflicted previous budgets, starting with From the presidencies to the directorates in the ministries and the three independent agencies downwards.
The economist, Saleh al-Hamashi, explained in an interview with "Al-Sabah", that "the sovereign expenditures of Iraq constitute about 40% of the country's budget, especially the budget of the three presidencies, including salaries, privileges, social benefits and many other items of the budget."
And he indicated that “there is a kind of spending that cannot be changed and is not from the powers of the prime minister, but rather from the powers of the House of Representatives, and there is also other spending from the powers of the prime minister, such as protections and building rents,” explaining that “the Sudanese can resort to previous controls and laws that cancel and reduce the privileges of officials to To a large extent,” noting that “what is going on in terms of spending has transformed the state into presidencies, a wealthy government, and a poor people, which must be addressed to fix this major imbalance.”
Al-Hamashi pointed out that "Iraq's problem is economic and social more than it is a political problem, and that Iraq has a financial management crisis, not a financial crisis."
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