2023-05-02 | 15:36
A government advisor reveals "exciting" details Regarding salaries and budget
The financial advisor to the Prime Minister, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, revealed, on Wednesday, the problem related to salaries in the Iraqi state, indicating that the solution to this matter is to support low grades, while pointing out that the deficit constitutes a third of the budget.
Saleh said, during his interview with the program "Balmokhtaz" broadcast by Alsumaria TV, that "there is a civil service law, which defines issues regarding salaries and is linked to the retirement law," adding, "However, during 20 years, many legislations with privileges were enacted."
He added, "There are huge discrepancies between employees' salaries, and there is a huge difference," considering that "the problem is in the rule of justice, and in fact there is no justice, and it is a major problem."
Saleh pointed out that "in the long term, salaries must be restructured rationally, and an income standard must be set to be reviewed under the heading of the cost of living," stressing by saying, "National and political consensus is needed, and the solution to the issue is to support the low grades of retirees or employees."
Regarding the draft budget law, which the House of Representatives completed its second reading, Saleh said, "The deficit constitutes a third of the budget at 63 trillion dinars, and we can reduce the effects of the deficit," explaining that "there are strategic projects that must be implemented, and the loss is a loss of time."
He added that "150 trillion dinars are operational, 90 trillion of which are salaries, wages, pensions and social welfare," noting that "less than 50% of the operational budget goes to the salaries of the security services."
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