Azerbaijan, Baku, September 5 /Trend, N. Umid
Predicted incomes of the Iran's current year's budget have been realised by 52.8 per cent during the last Iranian calendar month (July 23- August 22), Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said, IRNA news agency reported.
Rouhani made the remarks in his first speech as president to Iran's Assembly of Experts on Wednesday.
He went on to note that during the first months of the current solar year, started on March 21, the budget incomes have been realised by 43 per cent.
Rouhani recalled that the country is facing a massive budget deficit, adding the current year's budget, proposed by the previous administration is unrealistic.
Rouhani`s administration submitted a two-star which is a very urgent bill going straight to parliament and skipping committees, current year budget bill revision to Parliament two days ago, but parliament dismissed any vote on the urgency of the current year budget bill's revision.
Parliament's Planning and Budget Committee opposed the urgency of the bill revision and didn't even agree on the one-star emergency, so the bill will be discussed after undergoing a normal procedure.
It should be noted that the debating procedure of starred bills in Iran's parliament is different from a normal procedure of legislation.
One-star bills are discussed only once by the committee concerned, two-star bills go as very urgent and go straight to parliament and skipping committees, while a top urgent, three-star bill is placed on the agenda immediately. The degree of urgency of the bills has to be approved by a majority of MPs.
Ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government submitted the current budget bill to parliament with a couple of months delay. The bill was eventually approved and passed through in May after some figure changes were made.
The Iranian parliament approved the current year's 7.270 quadrillion rails (about $593 billion based on then official USD rate, a dollar equals 12,260 rials) budget bill.
Rouhani wants the budget be reviewed to prevent facing the government with a deficit.
He hopes the administration's expenses will decrease in the budget revision.
According to the experts, some income figures including predicted tax, customs and oil export revenues in the budget will not be realised.
In mid-August, ISNA quoted First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri as saying that Iran's current year budget will be revised because one third of government incomes recognised in the budget would not be realised.
In July, economic advisor to President, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, said that the current year's budget is too optimistic so the next administration should revise it.
Conservative MP Ahmad Tavakoli had said that the current year's budget is not realistic and may result in even higher inflation.
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