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Poverty, unemployment top Lower House budget deliberations

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AMMAN - The Lower House on Thursday continued deliberations over the 2022 draft state budget and the 2022 draft budgets of independent public institutions.اضافة اعلان

In a morning session, headed by Speaker Abdulkarim Dughmi, in the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Bisher Khasawneh and Cabinet members, Dughmi announced the Lower House will vote on the two budget bills next Sunday, after hearing the government's response to the MPs' remarks.

In their deliberations, deputies touched on the "alarming" rates of poverty and unemployment, the "eroded" Jordanian family income, the "declining" purchasing value of the Jordanian dinar, amid uncertainty about Covid-19 pandemic and its repercussions on various sectors.

The MPs also referred to the increasing budget deficit and rising public debt, amid fears price of goods and services will increase again in 2022, despite the government’s pledges to avoid tax hikes in the 2022 budget.

In addition, the MPs voiced support for the efforts of Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) Arab Army and security apparatuses to counter terrorism and criminal gangs.

Moreover, the MPS called on ministries to adopt a five- and ten-year plans, revamp oil derivatives' pricing regulations, revisit the fixed fuel tax, better exploit natural resources, improve investment climate, issue a general pardon and support farmers.

To help solve economic woes, the lawmakers called on the private sector to establish national projects that contribute to achieve "real" growth and provide job opportunities.

They also called on the government to exempt Covid-19 pandemic-hit individuals and companies from tax and improve road, school and health infrastructure.

Next Sunday morning, the House is scheduled to continue debate of the two budget bills, after 67 deputies spoke during the past four days, while 21 MPs made interventions on Thursday.
 
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