Weightings.. Mid-May is the date for approving the budget
The first 2023/05/06
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Shaima Rashid and Rola Wathiq
The Parliamentary Finance Committee suggested that May 15 be the date for approving the draft general budget law, with the committee seeking to reduce the budget deficit by up to 18 trillion dinars, at a time when the Parliamentary Action Committee disclaimed its responsibility regarding objecting to the financial aspects of the Persons with Disabilities Act.
A member of the Finance Committee, Mueen Al-Kadhimi, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: “At this stage, the committee is hosting ministers, and through these hosting and reviewing schedules, we will seek to reduce the deficit as much as possible, primarily in the operational field, i.e. the commodity and service consumption of the ministries of furniture.” Which took a significant turn in the increase of allocations.
He added, "There was no final agreement on the percentage of deficit reduction, but it could reach 18 trillion dinars," noting that "the committee is trying to make the reduction professionally and according to unnecessary chapters," noting that "the approval of the budget will take place during this month (May). ) and will not exceed it.”
In turn, a member of the Finance Committee, Jamal Cougar, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "The committee is still hosting ministers, so it will not be able to complete it on the 10th of this month, but rather its completion may exceed the middle of the month."
He added that "the deficit reduction so far is inaccurate and there is no specific number, but there is an intention to reduce the deficit and the reduction will include ministries with large budgets," noting that "the governorates will not be included in the reduction, but on the contrary, there are governorates that the committee may increase its budget and governorates that remain on their budget."
He continued, "There is a session for governors and for independent bodies, and the task may be held, including the integrity and the endowments (Shiite and Sunni), if there is time, since the time set for approving the budget is short, and it is certain that part of hosting bodies and ministries will be canceled."
On the other hand, a member of the Labor Committee and Parliamentary Civil Society Organizations, Nour Nafeh Al-Jelhawi, told Al-Sabah: “The committee is far from all additions or financial aspects related to the People with Disabilities Law and any other law,” noting that “the delay that I requested The government in this law will not last long, as the resumption of the sessions is sufficient to vote on it during the next few days.
She explained that "people with disabilities demanded an increase in their salaries within the law that both the government and Parliament worked to approve, but the increase in funds was a reason for delaying its approval, due to the presence of a large deficit in the budget, which prompted the government to wait with it, to study the mechanism for that, to be more Sobriety and re-vote it."
Al-Jelhawi stressed that "the House of Representatives in general and the Labor Committee in particular are far from approving funds in laws or otherwise, since this issue is exclusively within the government's jurisdiction and should not be interfered with at all."
For his part, the official of the People with Disabilities Committee at the Central Competence Office, Alaa Abu Ragheef, identified, in an interview with "Al-Sabah", some issues that could hinder the adoption of the law, as it relates to more than one party, indicating that "the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs will not allow the separation of a welfare body." People with disabilities, and some personalities want to access the issue (quota) through the law, in addition to the rights of the actual beneficiaries of this segment, which were mentioned and not implemented.
He added that "officials forced people with disabilities to give up their rights and accept a little, as the majority of them gave up a full-time helper in exchange for a cash allowance, even though both are their rights," stressing that "delaying the approval of the law does not rid the government of the financial consequences that must be applied."
Abu Ragheef called for the formation of an independent body or commission for people with disabilities, to supervise the institutes and institutions concerned with this segment, and put the phrase “providing instead of working.” He said: “The Ministry of Health must provide treatments for people with disabilities and special needs inside and outside Iraq, and the cash allowance for people with Disability is a right for them, whether they are employees, retirees, or earners, just like the families of martyrs and political prisoners.”
Edited by: Muhammad Al-Ansari
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