MPs Criticize Delay in Development Projects

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 19:27 Written by Geeti Mohseni

Lawmakers in the House's Financial and Budget Committee said on Tuesday that the delay in major development projects has resulted in the lack of reconstruction and economic development in the country.

They also called on government to take immediate action in this regard.

According to the MPs work on major projects due to start at the beginning of the year have still not kicked off. Many of these projects are being funded by foreign countries but, according to MPs, the processes are being held up by the procurement commission.

They say this is because President Ashraf Ghani has ordered that all projects must be reviewed by the national procurement commission and under his supervision.

"Almost six months have passed in this fiscal year and dozens of projects are delayed in the procurement commission. Our request is to allow those projects to be implemented and that their budgets are provided from non-discretionary budgets so people problems can be solved," financial and budget committee chairman Amir Khan Yar said.

In addition, the ministry of finance officials said a number of projects are under review but that they are waiting for instructions from the presidential palace.

"A number of large projects are under review and we are also waiting for presidential palace orders and any order from them we will implement that," said MoF spokesman Abdul Qadir Jilani.

Lawmakers in the House's Financial and Budget Committee urge the government to start work on the projects that have available budgets.

Source : tolonews[dot]com
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