Salary of se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to be cut by 20%

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As the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is go­ing through a fi­nan­cial cri­sis, the par­lia­men­tary blocs have started to find ways to cut op­er­at­ing ex­penses and re­lease this bur­den on the gov­ern­ment.

Abubakir Hal­adny, head of the Is­lamic Uion Bloc at the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment, says they have drafted a project to amend some laws to help re­duce ex­pen­di­tures and “we started with the re­tire­ment law.”

“To cut ex­pen­di­tures we need to re­duce se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials’ salaries as well,” MP Hal­adny stated. “This would sig­nif­i­cantly help in the cur­rent sit­u­a­tions.”

Ac­cord­ing to MP Omed Hama Ali from the Gor­ran Bloc, fol­low­ing the decision by the Iraqi gov­ern­ment to cut se­nior of­fi­cial’s salaries by 20%, Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment Speaker de­cided to ap­ply the same in Kur­dis­tan and asked the fi­nance com­mit­tee to draft a project for the pur­pose.

MP Hama Ali also added that the gov­ern­ment, on the other hands, has de­cided to re­duce min­istries bud­gets by 50%.

There have been a lot of com­plaints about the par­lia­ment mem­bers’ re­tire­ment law, which re­tires 111 MPs ev­ery 4 years with a very high salary.

Ac­cord­ing to the par­lia­ment’s new project, this should be reg­u­lated as well.

Dr. Iz­zat Sabir, head of the par­lia­ment’s fi­nance com­mit­tee, says they have made the amdned­ments to the re­tire­ment law and they are wait­ing for the par­lia­ment’s pres­i­dency to sched­ule a time for dis­cussing it inside the par­lia­ment hall.

“This is an ef­fort to re­duce gov­ern­ment’s op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­tures,” MP. Sabir says. “It helps the re­gion to sur­vive this cur­rent cri­sis. We ex­pect to have more projects in the fu­ture to cut the wages of se­nior of­fi­cials as well.”

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