The Afghan parliament (Wolesi Jirga) on Wednesday rejected the new fiscal year’s budget due to “serious problems” which they said hinged on the disproportionate allocation of money including to emergency codes. 

Wolesi Jirga (Afghan parliament) rejected the new fiscal year’s budget, citing it has “serious problems”.

MPs said, the allocation of 13 billion AFN to an emergency budgetary unit, to governments code 91 and 2 billion AFN to Code 92 were deemed problematic.  

The budget was approved by the cabinet in November following adjustments in the Public Finance and Expenditure Management Regulation, a draft plan of hydrocarbons regulation; draft statute of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (the Afghan power company); and the draft law on cadastre.

The cabinet approved a request by the Ministry of Economy by releasing a $3.4 million dollar USAID support package to fight COVID-19.

In addition, $1.5 million dollars, which was not spent by the counter-narcotics unit, was approved by the cabinet to help fund the construction of Helmand University, as per the request of the Ministry of finance and higher education.

This comes after Mir Rahman Rahmani, Speaker of the House said Tuesday, parliament plans to equalize civil servants’ pay “and will pursue it seriously until it is signed and implemented by the government to ensure equality”, and this was instructed to be taken into consideration for the new fiscal year’s budget.

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.