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MP objects ‘proposal’ to impose tax on citizens, cut govt subsidy
November 3, 2014, 8:41 am

MP Dr Yusuf Al-Zalzalah has expressed objection to the proposal to impose tax on citizens or reduce government subsidy on commodities, reports Arab Times citing Al-Rai daily. In a press statement, Al- Zalzalah asserted the lawmakers are against anything which negatively affects the citizens; indicating the submission of a study regarding real state properties and owners of big buildings to control consumption of electricity and water is a different issue.

He said, “We will not tackle a case which negatively affects the pockets of citizens. We have given the government enough time to present an integrated proposal regarding the salary increment and allowances like the children and rent allowances. We are still waiting for the government’s comprehensive study in this regard.”

Meanwhile, Al-Rai daily has reported that Budgets and Final Accounts Committee Chairman MP Adnan Abdulsamad has unveiled the panel’s plan to issue an official statement against Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh if he does not approve the draft law on financial supervisors. He pointed out the minister’s rejection is a clear manifestation that the government is not really keen on implementing genuine reforms. He added many of the violations mentioned in the report of the State Audit Bureau could be attributed to slackness of financial supervisors.

He said, “After 20 years of handling final accounts, we found that it is important to activate the role of financial supervisors.” Meanwhile, the government has started taking accountability steps by opening files of governmental officials who are allegedly receiving huge financial privileges annually, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources.

Sources disclosed the government has instructed the Public Authority of Anti-Corruption to submit a list of these officials and their financial statements. Sources said the Ministry of Education received an official letter from the authority, requesting for data of officials to determine those who abide by law number 24/2012 on the establishment of the authority and the financial disclosure regulations.

Sources revealed the authority’s Secretary General Ahmad Al-Rumeihi demanded for response within one week, because any delay could complicate the work of the authority. He also asked for updates on the recruitment of retirees to benefit from their expertise, sources added.

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