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CM confirms draft of 1392 national budget

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Tuesday October 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA): President Hamid Karzai chaired the plenary session of the Council of Ministers at the Gulkhana Palace yesterday.
Initially the cabinet members offered prayers to the soul of Prof. Nazir Ahmad Shahedi professional deputy minister of economy who died in a traffic accident and called his martyrdom a national loss and wished peace for his soul and patience for the bereaved family.
The Council of Ministers offered congratulations to the Muslim countrymen and the world on the advent of EidulAdha and wished lasting peace, progress for the Afghan nation in all spheres of their lives.
The CM also instructed the Ministry of Interior Affairs to undertake necessary security measures for celebration of EidulAdha.
First deputy minister of national defense ministry and the minister of interior affairs took up the issue of the draft policy for building shelter and distribution to the personnel of the security forces.
The CM instructed the ministries of national defense, interior affairs, national security department that in the first place for implementing this policy, these organs should strengthen their construction departments and by usage of the experience of the neighboring countries having such order, review this policy and refer it to the coming session of the CM accordingly.
The minister of finance informed the CM about the draft national budget of 1392 – the ordinary and development budgets and said that the overall national budget for fiscal year is (363) billion Afghanis of which the ordinary budget makes afs 193.8 billion and the development budget is afs 169.2 billion.
As a whole the national budget make up afs.134.8 billion and financed from the domestic sources and the foreign sources finances afs 218.0 billion.
The deficit of the development budget indicates 10 billion afs.
The minister of finance called the budget covers sustainable economic growth, increase in income, creation of sustainable employment, reduction of poverty, strengthening of the infrastructure sector, agriculture mines, and attention towards the education and health, reduction of the administrative costs and proposed the following austerity plan:
_prevention of payment of money in form of wholesome expenses, reduction in printing of magazines, annuals and newspapers through the government ministries and on need basis through the ministry of information and culture, stopping of purchases of luxury goods based on the order no. 1808 dated 17/5/1385 of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, positive usage of service vehicles by the officials of first and second ranks of government organs, dissolution of contract of government guest houses and part-time employee receiving higher salaries than the government new ranks.
The CM after hearing the report of finance minister and confirming his proposals decided that the budget for ensuring of security of the infrastructural projects, the projects of Ghazni as the kcultural center of Islamic countries and Islamic civilization as per the plan and an increase brought in budget of small irrigation dams and the agriculture loan fund, preservation of historical relics, literacy spheres and for treatment of addicts, asphalting roads of Sarpul-Shiberghan and building of the circular road of Shiberghan, restoration of the pistachio, rehabilitation of agricultural farms, spring houses, repairing of Salang, Kabul circular road necessary budget should be taken into consideration in the national budget for 1392.  The CM in principle confirmed the draft of the 1392 national budget and instructed the ministries of public works, agriculture and irrigation to coordinate the development budget of their ministries along with kthe draft of their projects with the ministry of finance.  The CM also instructed the administration affairs department to arrange the specialized meeting of the ministers of public works, agriculture and irrigation, energy and water for specifying the priorities of their development projects to be led by president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  The ministry of finance was assigned that in order to ensure speedy and positive transport of merchandize and to facilitate maintenance of the highways transfer the tax money of highways to the ministry of public works.  The administration affairs and secretariat of the CM was assigned that in cooperation with the ministry of finance prepare the draft of the policy for usage of vehicles by the directors of first and second ranks of the government organs and refer it to the CM.  The ministry of commerce and industries and finance were assigned to study the policy for rehabilitation of the Industrial Bank at the Pashtany Bank and refer it to the CM session.
The ministries of national defense and interior affairs were assigned to prevent personal usage of the government vehicles and to put a stop to the speedy driving of some of the drivers of inside the city especially that of Ranger vehicles and punish the violators.  At the end, three international conventions were presented by the foreign minister to the session which was confirmed.

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