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Afghan Senators approve next year’s budget

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Afghan Senators approve next year’s budget

The Meshrano Jerga or the Senate has given their approval for next year’s budget beginning on December 21.

The government has proposed 170bn AFN for the development budget and 196 AFN for the general budget.

The budget received criticism from a number of senators for its failure to earmark funds to the less developed provinces.

Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal said the budget was essentially based on the current available resource and development priorities.

The security sector has been allocated 39.6 percent of the budget, with government departments and natural resources getting 15.6 percent of the total outlay. Similarly, 15.1 percent of the proposed funds will go to the education sector and 6.9 percent to agriculture and rural development.

According to the draft budget, 3.8 percent will be spent on public health, 4.2 percent on good governance and rule of law, 2.8 percent on the economy and 1 percent on social security. The presidential discretionary fund has been projected at 8.3 percent.



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