MP criticizes government's failure to disclose poverty rates

Lower House  Parliament
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Chairman of the Lower House Economy and Investment Committee, Omar Naber, expressed his disappointment in the government's failure to announce poverty rates in the country each year. اضافة اعلان

He stated that it is unacceptable that the latest rates are from 2010, according to a local media outlet.

Impact on studies, statisticsNaber further added that the failure to announce poverty rates each year has a significant impact on studies and statistics, particularly since about JD245 million from the general budget is allocated to poor households.

He questioned how these funds are distributed without real studies and added that JD50 million is allocated to low-income students.

Tax-exempt areas
The Investment Environment Law, Naber said, identified tax-exempt areas, which are the poorest and most impoverished areas, based on a study conducted in 2010.

This, he said, is “unacceptable”.

There are available means for the House of Representatives to obtain sufficient information about the poverty line in Jordan, he said, adding that questioning the relevant minister is a possibility and so is a vote of no confidence.

Draft law on the tableNaber disclosed that the committee has a draft law on the table, which will be presented to the Lower House to replace the mining tax with a slight increase in income tax in exchange for reducing taxes on some fuels, such as diesel and kerosene.

He emphasized that the draft law must follow constitutional channels, be voted on by the Lower House, then sent to the Legislation and Opinion Bureau after the government's approval. It will be presented to the council next month.

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