Salary of senior government officials to be cut by 20%
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.”