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MP calls on govt to resign over failure to address budget deficit

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 25: MP Hamdan Al-Azmi has asked the government to resign for failing to address the budget deficit, putting additional financial burdens on the shoulders of citizens, and its inability to regulate the prices of commodities.

In a press statement, Al-Azmi pointed out there are many measures other than touching the pockets of citizens; such as stopping the wastage of public funds in overseas treatment, ministries and other government institutions. He asserted the government is still addressing the consequences of its failures at the expense of ordinary citizens.

He said the government did not stop at increasing the prices of fuel and oil derivatives which will in turn raise the prices of food and consumer goods, because the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) also unveiled a plan to double the monthly installment for government houses – from KD60 to KD120. He outrightly rejected this plan, asserting the government is proving day after day that it lacks the ability to manage the affairs of the country.

Meanwhile, MP Abdulrahman Al-Jeeran criticized the studies on the development plans as they did not look into the obstacles to the implementation of development projects. He claimed these studies also failed to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the management and implementation of projects, as well as the lack of transparency. He emphasized the need for a new method of conducting such studies which must be based on accurate and comprehensive information. He also suggested that these studies must set the following quantitative and qualitative standards to guarantee their success:

■ Ensure high efficiency in managing, evaluating and monitoring projects.

■ Ensure political stability for the State institutions to be on the right development platform.

■ Strictly implement the law on national unity, good governance, community tenets and combating corruption.

He pointed out the Council of Ministers must refrain from taking decisions which are not in line with the development plans, in addition to narrowing the gap between the government’s work program and the development plan.

He called on the State Ministry for Planning and Development Affairs to reassess all previous plans and explain reasons behind the failures in this regard. He underscored as well the importance of harmonious relations between the State Ministry for Planning and Development Affairs, Ministry of Finance and other State institutions to avoid disagreements over priorities and projects.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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