With the end of the fiscal year approaching, question marks about the reasons for not activating the budget
The delay of the federal government in activating the articles of the federal budget for the fiscal year 2021 until now, despite the passage of many months since voting on it, has sparked widespread controversy within the political corridors, at a time when a parliamentarian considered the weak oversight performance of Parliament is one of the reasons for the government’s reluctance to perform its duty in many files Including the activation of the budget items, another saw that the appeal submitted by the government against some articles of the budget had caused the suspension of the activation of those articles exclusively pending the outcome of the appeal by the Federal Court, but in general, the appeal does not stop the implementation of the original budget in general.
Member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Muhammad Al-Shabki, stressed that all budget articles, even the contested ones with the Federal Court, are valid.
Al-Shabki said in an interview with Alsumaria News, “The budget articles that were challenged by the government at the Federal Court are still valid and obligatory until the outcome of the appeal is decided and the final decision is issued by the court to invalidate or confirm the article.”
Al-Shabki added, “What proves the activation of the articles in the budget is all, the court’s rejection of the state decision demanded by the government regarding the contested articles, which means that those articles must be applied, and they are valid and must be implemented by Ministry of Finance and the ministries concerned with this matter.
A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Sherwan Mirza, confirmed that activating the budget items and releasing allocations for projects after the House of Representatives voted on them, is within the competence of the executive authority, especially Ministry of Finance.
In an interview with Alsumaria News, Mirza said, “The implementation of the provisions of the federal budget after the parliament’s vote on them is within the power of the executive authority, specifically Ministry of Finance, which has actually begun to activate the items related to the operational side,” noting that “the investment and projects side had ambitions to be in advanced stages in all governorates and to serve the citizens, but there are many factors that affected the achievement of this goal
And Mirza added, “The appeal Submitted by the government on some articles of the budget caused the suspension of the activation of those articles pending the outcome of the appeal by the Federal Court, but in general, the appeal does not stop the implementation of the original budget, given that there is no judicial decision to suspend the implementation of the budget until the appeals are decided,” explaining that “ The Minister of Finance has previously talked about the fact that the funds obtained from oil revenues and non-oil resources are sufficient to cover the operational aspects.
He pointed out that “the government can launch projects by covering their allocations by borrowing from the central bank to accelerate the activation of these projects and repay those loans from oil revenues successively to ensure that it does not affect the central bank’s reserves,” stressing that “we do not have a full release on the exact reasons for not having Launching project allocations until this moment, as it is the competence of the executive authority, but we are following up on this matter with the relevant authorities to find quick solutions to this matter
For his part, a member of the House of Representatives indicatedQusay AbbasAl-Shabki pointed out that the weakness of parliamentary oversight over the government’s performance was one of the reasons for its failure in many files, including the file of activating the federal budget.
Al-Shabki said in an interview with Alsumaria News, “The issue of the government’s non-activation of the budget articles, which has been legislated for a long time within the parliament, is a strange matter. The government to activate its provisions as soon as possible and to explain the reasons for the delay until the moment.
Al-Shabki added, “The fiscal year has only a few months left, and therefore the government is required to transfer financial allocations to the provinces to complete the stalled projects that are under construction,” stressing that “this clear government failure was an inevitable result of Parliament’s failure to perform its oversight duty on the The executive authority, which we must acknowledge in front of the masses.” link
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