Today's newspapers deal with the Social Security Law and follow up on budget discussions
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Baghdad / NINA / - The newspapers issued today, Tuesday, paid attention to the Social Security Law and followed up the budget discussions within the Parliament.
Regarding the Social Security Law, Al-Zawraa newspaper published by the Journalists Syndicate quoted a member of the Parliamentary Labor Committee, Amir Al-Mamouri, as saying that “a lot of the Social Security Law has been completed after the first and second readings, and a final consultative session was held in the presence of consultants and the International Labor Organization, as well as the Ministry of Labor The meeting included the last points related to the amendments to the law for the purpose of proceeding with the process of voting on it during the next few days.
And he indicated that “the law will revive the private sector and guarantee parallel retirement rights with the public sector, and create many job opportunities, and at the same time guarantee a fair retirement for the worker. Retirement is for the individual irregular worker, the owner of the shop, or any profession or craftsman such as the carpenter or the driver, and at the same time the state guarantees the payment of the guarantee deduction for him at a rate of nine to 15 %, while he pays 7%.
He pointed out that "there are many privileges in this law that will encourage workers in the private sector, as it is known that the state does not possess all jobs and it is not possible to appoint everyone."
He pointed out that “the law that is being amended has been legislator since 1971, and this law is a result of its lack of fairness to the workers segment, so there is no turnout for the Social Security Department, so those who were previously expelled and receive retirement are estimated at about 18 thousand,” he added, “Now, the insured are those who did not receive retirement, as their numbers range from 300 thousand and upwards, and these numbers are not commensurate with the Iraqi population, which amounts to 41 million, and the reason is due to the lack of a real and fair law that guarantees the rights of workers. This fund.”
He pointed out that "there are rights for working women, and there is a health guarantee that exists and a guarantee as well regarding the compelling circumstances that encounter the worker, as is the case in the Corona years when there is a disruption to work, as well as for those who contract a disease or injury during work.
He explained, “With regard to the Labor Committee, we proceeded directly and also communicated with the government, which expressed its willingness to participate in the fund by paying pension deductions for workers at a rate of 9% or 8%, and this indicates that the intentions are good and exist for the purpose of enacting this law.
Al-Sabah newspaper followed the budget debates in Parliament and quoted the First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, as calling for the need to expedite the completion of the discussion and maturation of the draft general budget law, indicating that The Iraqi people of all sects are waiting for its approval, and will not excuse anyone in the event of its delay, and this comes at a time when it continues. The Parliament's Finance Committee hosts ministers to discuss their ministries' budgets, and parliamentary committees look for ways to reduce the budget deficit by reducing spending and increasing government income.
Al-Mandalawi chaired, at midnight yesterday, Sunday, a meeting of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, during which it hosted the Minister of Finance, Taif Sami, to discuss the draft federal budget law. He is waiting for the approval of the budget because it is directly related to his life, and he will not excuse anyone if it is delayed.
Al-Mandalawi called for "determining the appropriate measures to overcome the current obstacles and challenges to expedite the approval of the budget," stressing "the need to guarantee the financial dues of those with special grades for appointment, and to increase the share of the governorates to complete the lagging and strategic projects."
During the meeting, "the ministry's allocations for previous years were discussed compared to the current year, and the reasons for the increase in spending chapters such as grants, subsidies, and other expenditures, and social care," pointing to "the necessity of maximizing revenues such as taxes, real estate, collection service, and others.”
For her part, the Minister of Finance reviewed the "spending chapters of the ministry," noting that "the volume of amounts within the chapters on indebtedness, interest, the Olympic Committee, and other chapters are not in favor of the Ministry of Finance, revealing that "a committee has been formed within the ministry to calculate the financial costs."
The draft budget law suffers from a deficit of 30%, which constitutes the most important obstacle facing the adoption of the law, in addition to the fluctuation of oil prices and the demand for a fair salary scale.
A member of the Economics Committee, Kazem Al-Fayyad, put forward several proposals to increase government income, criticizing the wrong collection policy that the Iraqi state is pursuing.
Al-Fayyad said: "It is in the public's interest to reduce the budget deficit by submitting proposals to reduce the deficit, and we have put forward many proposals in the House of Representatives and presented them to the Prime Minister." He added that “the first aspect is the development and support of the agricultural sector, in addition to the presence of ministries that collect funds but it demands allocations in the budget.”
He continued, “Many government institutions have shops, garages, markets, and (Allawi) vegetables, in addition to providing administrative services such as vacations and taxes, and these imports do not enter the state treasury.” He stressed that “oil imports in the budget amounted to 117 trillion dinars, while the non-oil amounted to only 20 trillion dinars.
Al-Zaman newspaper dealt with the relationship between the two Kurdish parties and said that the deputy head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, ended the boycott of the meetings of the ninth cabinet by meeting with the head of the regional government, Masrour Barzani , and agreeing to resolve all differences through dialogue and cooperation.
And during the meeting that brought together the two sides in Erbil yesterday (the agreement was made to solve all problems through dialogue and cooperation between all the ministerial blocs within the government formation, in addition to the financial and administrative problems facing the region), and he pointed out that (the two sides highlighted the latest developments in the political situation in the region and the region, with renewed efforts of solidarity, synergy and internal unity, in order to preserve the national interests and constitutional rights of the citizens of Kurdistan) .
According to sources from within the two parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union agreed to stop their media campaigns against each other.The sources said that (it was decided to stop the counter media campaigns between the two parties, in preparation for the resumption of meetings to discuss the issue of parliamentary elections in the region).
Barzani called earlier, Talabani and the ministerial team of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to return to cabinet meetings after the end of the Newroz holiday.
Observers believe that the meeting came after the visit of US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf to Kurdistan a few days ago
, and separate meetings were held with the head of the Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, the heads of the region and the government, and the deputy head of the regional government.
Barzani and Barbara Leaf stressed in their meeting at the Salah al-Din resort in Erbil (the need to implement the agreement concluded between the political parties in the region).
And in the meeting of the President of the region, Nechirvan Barzani, with the American delegation (the internal problems in Kurdistan were discussed, where the two sides agreed on the importance of uniting the ranks of the parties and resolving the differences between them).
Talabani also expressed, during his meeting with Barbara Leaf (welcoming all initiatives aimed at resolving the internal problems in the region),
and added that (in order to resolve all points of disagreement, we are ready to form a joint committee and even involve representatives of our allies in it). / End[/rtl]