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Watchdogs Note Shortcomings In Draft Budget

 Findings of the Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD) show that despite progress in the next year’s fiscal budget, there are some shortcomings in the draft budget.
 
Meanwhile, officials from Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) have said that next year’s fiscal budget was not people-oriented.
 
According to EPD, next year’s budget is still dependent on foreign aid.
 
The EPD also stated that reduction in the development budget compared to the ordinary budget is concerning and it does not meet the needs of citizens of the country.
 
“People must know what basic roles the budget, allocated for them by the government, plays in their lives,” said Sulaiman Assadullah, a researcher of EPD.
 
IWA meanwhile said that in the development budget, the projects outlined are based on personal demands of the individuals.
 
“Although the government has tried to reduce the role of individuals in the development budget, this trend still exists and there is far more to be done,” said IWA researcher Naser Taimoori.
 
“In the next year’s budget, special focus has been made on the needs of the people,” said Sayed Naseer Agha, head of the policy department of the ministry of finance.
 
Based on statistics of the EPD, from the total 399 billion AFs considered for next year’s fiscal budget, more than 50 percent of the budget money depends on optional and unconditional assistance, which has a 12 billion AFs cut.
 
The MoF has allocated AFs 399 billion for the 1398 fiscal year’s budget, 69 percent of which has been allocated for the standard budget, while the remaining 39 percent has been allocated for the development budget.
 
According to the ministry, from the AFs 399 billion, AFs 275 billion will be allocated to the standard budget and the remainder will be put aside for the development budget.
 
MoF on Tuesday said the balance of development budget spending by the government’s budgetary units has surpassed almost 90 percent this year, which shows a 23 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago.

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Watchdogs Note Shortcomings In Draft Budget

IWA and EPD has noted that next year's fiscal budget is not people-oriented and relies on foreign aid.

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 Findings of the Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD) show that despite progress in the next year’s fiscal budget, there are some shortcomings in the draft budget.
 
Meanwhile, officials from Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) have said that next year’s fiscal budget was not people-oriented.
 
According to EPD, next year’s budget is still dependent on foreign aid.
 
The EPD also stated that reduction in the development budget compared to the ordinary budget is concerning and it does not meet the needs of citizens of the country.
 
“People must know what basic roles the budget, allocated for them by the government, plays in their lives,” said Sulaiman Assadullah, a researcher of EPD.
 
IWA meanwhile said that in the development budget, the projects outlined are based on personal demands of the individuals.
 
“Although the government has tried to reduce the role of individuals in the development budget, this trend still exists and there is far more to be done,” said IWA researcher Naser Taimoori.
 
“In the next year’s budget, special focus has been made on the needs of the people,” said Sayed Naseer Agha, head of the policy department of the ministry of finance.
 
Based on statistics of the EPD, from the total 399 billion AFs considered for next year’s fiscal budget, more than 50 percent of the budget money depends on optional and unconditional assistance, which has a 12 billion AFs cut.
 
The MoF has allocated AFs 399 billion for the 1398 fiscal year’s budget, 69 percent of which has been allocated for the standard budget, while the remaining 39 percent has been allocated for the development budget.
 
According to the ministry, from the AFs 399 billion, AFs 275 billion will be allocated to the standard budget and the remainder will be put aside for the development budget.
 
MoF on Tuesday said the balance of development budget spending by the government’s budgetary units has surpassed almost 90 percent this year, which shows a 23 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago.

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