KRG pledges to fill shortfall of salary distribution in Sulaimani, Halabja


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SULAIMANI — The Governor of Sulaimani, Haval Abubakir, told NRT on Tuesday (May 17) the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masrour Barzani, and the Deputy Prime Minister of the KRG, Qubad Talabani, attended a meeting on the issue of salary distribution.

Abubakir said the talks focused on the trouble with the distribution of salaries in Sulaimani and Halabja and the administrations of Raparin and Garmian.

He said a decision was made during the meeting to make the issue of salaries a priority ahead of other expenses.

The governorates of Sulaimani and Halabja, which are under the control of the PUK, have faced delays in paying public sector salaries. Professors and staff from universities in Sulaimani, Halabja and Chamchamal have been protesting for two weeks over salary delays.

A decision was reached during Tuesday’s meeting for the Ministry of Finance and Economy to fill the shortfall in salaries and for a committee of experts to be formed from the finance ministry and the interior ministry.

The committee will work in cooperation with the affected governorates (Sulaimani and Halabja) and administrations, as well as with all financial and banking institutions there.

The PUK has blamed the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led KRG for the unfair distribution of revenues while the KDP has accused the PUK of failing to return to local non-oil revenues from Sulaimani and Halabja.

PM Barzani said on May 11 he wished to speak with the governors of Sulaimani and Halabja about the public sector salary delays in the two governorates.

Barzani also stated the KRG’s plan was not being implemented evenly in all governorate, stating, "We have proof that the local revenues of Sulaimani and Halabja are not returned to the Region’s treasury.”

(NRT Digital Media)