Finance Ministry: Budget of 2018 does not impose new taxes and includes measures on living burdens alleviation
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has revealed that the draft budget of the year 2018 would not impose any new taxes and the revenues augmentation would be through expansion of tax umbrella by reaching new supplies.
The ministry announced a plenty of measures for living burdens mitigation including reactivation of cooperative societies, continuation of the government support to the workers' food project and solving the impediments facing it. The ministry reiterated its commitment to reimburse all the states' arrears during the coming year, stressing increase of the current support to the states at 50%.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Mohamed Osman Al-Rikabi pledged, during the deliberative meeting on the draft budget with the Sudan's Workers Trade Unions Federation (SWTUF) at the premises of the ministry Monday, to address all the workers issues, particularly the arrears of the teachers as well as the support of the workers' food and the cooperative societies to provide goods to the workers in low prices at their workplaces.
The State Minister at the Ministry of Finance and the chairman of the Higher Committee on the Preparation of the Draft Budget Dr. Abdal-Rahman Dirar revealed continuation of subsidies for gasoline and residential electricity up to 1,400 megawatts as well as price control in the new budget, stressing the integration of the socio-economic policies to serve the interests of the vulnerable slices in the community, revealing rise of the direct support from 700,000 to 800,000 of the poor families through increasing the monthly support from 200 to 250 pounds besides raising the health insurance-targeted families with a number of one million new families, lauding continuity of government support to the life-saving medicines and the free treatment at the emergency clinics.
For his part, the Head of the Sudan's Workers Trade Unions Federation Engineer Yousuf Abdal-Kareem emphasized the SWTUF concern with the increase of the low-limit of wages, settlement of the workers' arrears and assurance of the Ministry Finance's mandate over the public money to secure payment of the salaries of the states' workers, pointing out that the draft budget has been prepared in a good manner.