277 Policy 02/06/2021 20:45 ht
Baghdad Today- Follow up
A member of the Finance Committee, Sadiq Madloul, expected, on Saturday, February 06, 2021, to vote on the budget next week, while indicating that a meeting would be held in the presence of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi before submitting it to the vote.
“The Finance Committee has agreed to cancel deductions from employees ‘salaries and not to go towards income tax, and no deductions will be imposed on employees’ salaries, especially in light of the conditions the country is going through with the high exchange rate of the dollar,” Mdloul said in a televised interview. .
He added that “the Finance Committee hosted more than 280 government figures to study the budget, and work is still continuing in this regard.”
Mudloul indicated that “the share of the Kurdistan region in the budget is from the remaining points that have not been decided until now,” noting that “previous governments were favorable to the region and there must be firm solutions that bind the parties to the budget points.”
And on the sums allocated for investment and expenditures, Mudloul said, “The Finance Committee has doubled the amount allocated to the investment plan from 2 trillion dinars to 4 trillion, while it reduced a lot of expenditures.”
He expected that “the House of Representatives will vote on the budget early next week,” pointing out that “there will be hosting of the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Planning and Finance in the House of Representatives in a meeting that includes the leaders of the blocks before the budget is presented and voted on.”
Earlier, a member of the Al-Fateh Alliance, MP Muhammad Al-Baldawi, confirmed, on Saturday, February 06, 2021, the possibility of resorting to a majority vote on the 2021 Budget Law, in case the problems regarding it with the Kurdish delegation were not resolved.
Al-Baldawi said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), “The Kurds are committed to giving Baghdad 250 thousand barrels per day, and this is contrary to what was stipulated in the borrowing law, which is the delivery of all oil exported from the region to the SOMO company, as well as Kurdistan’s refusal of the numbers confirmed for its employees in the Ministry of Finance. Not to mention the file of financial returns, as these three problems are controlling the situation. ”
He added that “building the budget and entitlements should be far from political courtesies, and the distribution of wealth equally to all Iraqi provinces.”
And that “the draft budget law may be delayed in resolving all its points by a week or 10 days in the event that the problems with the Kurdistan region are resolved,” indicating that “the choice of voting by the majority will proceed according to what guarantees justice and fairness between all Iraqi components and provinces.”