Lawmakers on Saturday said the parliament and government officials have agreed on most of the disputed points on the national budget for the current fiscal year.
However, one of the disputed points that have impeded progress is the allocation of massive funds to the High Council for National Reconciliation led by Abdullah Abdullah for which 800 million Afs ($10 million), lawmakers said.
Mir Afghan Safi, head of the finance and budget committee of the House, said those government entities led by voted-out ministers will not be funded in the third budget draft.
“When we have the State Ministry for Peace Affairs and a 21-member delegation in Doha, then what is the need for the High Council for National Reconciliation?” Safi asked.
“The proposal seen by the finance and budget committee of the parliament shows that there are about 974 people in the structure of the reconciliation council,” said Azim Keberzani, member of the parliament’s finance and budget committee.
The High Council for National Reconciliation declined to comment on the matter.
“The principle is that an entity is first formed on the order of the president and then it is processed by the parliament,” said Abdul Habib Zadran, the deputy minister of finance.