Parliament Rejects Draft Budget for 2016

Lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) rejected a 461 billion Afs budget for 2016, calling the draft budget unbalanced.

They said the budget was not balanced among provinces and no provision was made for Kuchis.

The lawmakers on Monday said the draft budget was unbalanced and unfair, asking the government for adjustments in fund allocations.

The proposed 461 billion (AFN) national budget is 19 billion Afs less than the 2015 budget.

“The 2016 draft budget was rejected with the majority of votes,” house speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said after the voting session.

275 billion Afs was allocated for the ordinary budget and over 183 billion Afs for the development budget.

Lawmakers pressed government to consider changes to optional projects while allocating funds.

“With the present statistics and figures, demands cannot be met unless changes are brought in optional projects,” a member of parliament’s budget and financial commission Sediq Ahmad Osmani said.

Referring to a ten percentage tax on telecommunication services, the lawmakers called inclusion of the money received through communication tax in national budget against the provisions of the constitution.

“Procedures are preferred to laws, but not when it comes to the constitution,” Osami said.

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