Minister Yari satisfies MPs on budget spending

KABUL: Minister of Public Works Yama Yari on Saturday convinced Wolesi Jirga or lower house members about his ministry’s budget spending during the outgoing fiscal year.
The Wolesi Jirga on December 17 decided to summon ministers of public works, justice, counternarcotic, transport and telecommunications and IT for spending less than 70 percent of their development budget in 1396 fiscal year.
Yama Yari, who received the vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga last year in December appeared before the lawmakers yesterday.
Only 100 out of 229 lawmakers were present in yesterday session. Despite the lack of quorum, the lower house made its decision about Yari after 60 lawmakers raised green cards to expressed satisfaction. Thirty-four MPs raised red cards and five lawmakers stayed away from the voting.
According to Article 92 of the Constitution, the lower house, on the proposal of 20 percent of all its members, shall make inquiries against ministers.
If the explanations given are not satisfactory, the house shall consider a no- confidence vote.
Based on the Wolesi Jirga’s panel heads committee decision, the house would summon ministers of justice and counternarcotics on Monday and ministers of transport and IT and telecommunication on Wednesday.
The Kabul Times

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