Wednesday, March 16th 2011
Disputes within Baghdad local government impede budget
Baghdad, A member of the Baghdad Provincial Council and the representative of Abu Ghoreib district west of Baghdad said Wednesday that his council was unable to reach agreement about the points of dispute with regard to the budget of the province that prevented its approval three days ago.
Adel al-Zobaie told AKnews that there are substantial differences between the members of the Provincial Council about the addition of sewage project of Abu Ghoreib or not in this year's budget, noting that there is no justice in the distribution of financial allocations according to areas.
"The provincial council decided to add the sewage project of Mahmudiya district and the allocation of 180 billion Iraqi dinars for a period of three years," pointing out that "it is fair to add sewage system project of Abu Ghoreib to the budget through the allocation of 150 billion Iraqi dinars, also for a period of three years."
"The provincial council attributes the lack of listing the Abu Ghoreib project within the budget to the weakness of the financial allocations ... We asked to cancel some repeated projects and the allocations for purchasing surveillance cameras and equipment for the defense and interior ministries, which can be added to the sewage project of Abu Ghoreib prison."
Baghdad province distributed the budget allocated to it which is amounted by 617.5 where 135 billion dinars were allocated for the ondoing projects, 282 billion were allocated for the new projects and 200 billion dinars for amana projects.
The Baghdad Provincial Council postponed the vote on its budget for the current year on Sunday until next Thursday, because there were major objections on certain paragraphs on the budget particularly in the financial allocations to support the ministries of defense and interior.