Par­lia­ment con­ducts first re­view of 2017 state bud­get amend­ments

The UB Post - - POLITICS -

Dur­ing Par­lia­ment’s Oc­to­ber 5 meet­ing, law­mak­ers held the first dis­cus­sion of amend­ments to the 2017 state bud­get with sev­eral leg­is­la­tors crit­i­ciz­ing that the amend­ments were not drafted well.

MP D.Damba-Ochir stated that 140 bil­lion MNT has been in­cluded in the amend­ments to fund re­pay­ments of con­ces­sion agree­ments. He said in­stead of fi­nanc­ing con­ces­sion agree­ments, the amend­ments’ authors should re­visit the draft to fund other projects to help re­solve other so­cioe­co­nomic prob­lems.

Leg­is­la­tor Ts.Garam­jav said that nearly 100 bil­lion MNT is re­quired to in­crease the salary of teach­ers and doc­tors by 20 or 30 per­cent, which was not in­cluded in the draft amend­ment while 105 bil­lion MNT has been in­cluded in the amend­ments to fi­nance op­er­a­tional ex­pen­di­ture.

MP D.Saran­gerel noted that to in­crease teach­ers’ salary, the gov­ern­ment and leg­is­la­ture should work to­gether to cre­ate a sys­tem that re­wards teach­ers based on their skills, per­for­mance, ex­pe­ri­ence and other abil­i­ties to im­prove the qual­ity of the national ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

MP Ch.Ulaan pointed out that amend­ments to the state bud­get is car­ried out to im­prove the state bud­get, but this draft is out­lined to dis­trib­ute wel­fare to peo­ple and fund in­ef­fi­cient projects de­spite a fis­cal deficit of 2.7 tril­lion MNT.

Af­ter the first re­view of the draft amend­ments, Par­lia­ment passed the is­sue to all of its stand­ing com­mit­tees, Bud­get Mon­i­tor­ing Sub-Com­mit­tee and po­lit­i­cal par­ties’ cau­cuses for fur­ther re­view.

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