The Maldivian Parliament, People’s Majlis has approved the MVR 493 million supplementary budget requested by the government.
The supplementary budget was approved with the vote of 39 out of the 40 parliamentarians present during the Parliament meeting this Thursday. The opposition parliamentarians had decided not to take part in both the debate and voting on the supplementary budget.
The Supplementary Budget Committee had passed the budget with the vote of 13 members, including two opposition parliamentarians.
the main reason for the request for the supplementary budget was to prevent any interruption to Aasandha and National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) services.
Minister of Finance, Ahmed Munawwar said. He said the government also needed funds to hold Majlis by-elections this year.
MVR 330 million from the supplementary budget will go to the health sector, MVR 26 million to hold the Majlis by-election, MVR 40 million to run the Kaadedhdhoo Airport, MVR 70 million for school digitalization projects and MVR 27 million for additional expenses.
The projected State budget for 2017, passed by the Majlis last year, had been the biggest budget in Maldivian history at MVR 26.7 billion. This Budget will further boost up the developmental processes under President Yameen’s Administration.