Iraqi MP: 2012 budget allocations did not monitor the conduct of the census population

Posted: January 25, 2012
Sulaimaniya, January 25 (Rn) – A member of the Finance Committee, House of Representatives of Iraq, Wednesday, void of the draft general budget of Iraq for the current year of any customizations for a general population census in the country, noting that it indicates a lack of government’s intention to conduct the census population during the current year.

According to Shoresh Haji, during a press conference held today in Sulaimaniya, said: “There are many observations on the draft general budget of Iraq for the current year”, pointing out that “the project was formulated according to the policy of the collection in the hands of the center as it was during the past years, which contradicts the federal system and the permanent Iraqi constitution. “
Haji said that “the budget bill for the current year the Iraqi did not call many of the powers of the Kurdistan region and local governments in the provinces of Iraq.” He noted that “the Iraqi government not to allocate any financial allocations within the budget bill for the current year for a general population census in the country,” noting that “this indicates a lack of government’s intention to conduct a census this year.”

The Iraqi MP that “It is true that there are fears of a population census in the country on the one hand the possibility of creation of the political problems, but the truth is that the census will solve many problems as it can not be approved for any program and plan are correct for the state without the presence of accurate statistical population in the country. “ He added by saying that he “can not predict direction of economic for the Iraqi government that the policy adopted in this context is not clear to the lack of interest in the private sector and the lack of budget allocated to the investment sector in the country and grant disbursed to the ministries, rather than giving them to the provinces.”

He noted the Haji that “the region’s share of the Iraqi budget of the current year is 17%, including sovereign expenditure Mini that region’s share of the total budget of 10.6%,” adding that “the financial allocations of the Commission of Article 140 of the Constitution relating to the disputed areas between the Erbil and Baghdad as part of the budget, very little of this in addition to the presence of news for compensating victims of the former regime’s policies of financial allocations to the article “. Also that “the Iraqi Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi said in a meeting with the Finance Committee in the Iraqi parliament allocated $ 52 billion dinars extra to compensate families phase in the region by the former regime,” explaining that “the amount is not sufficient only to offset the 5 thousand family stage, while the the population of about 650 families a thousand families. “

The Iraqi cabinet has approved during the regular session on the fifth of this month on the budget bill the Iraqi general in 2012, amounting to U.S. $ 100 billion (about 117 trillion Iraqi dinars) a deficit of up to $ 13.5 billion (about 17 trillion dinars), before being forwarded to the House of Representatives to ratify it.