Federal government offered to pay salaries of employees at Dukan, Darbandikhan dams: New Generation MP

Head of New Generation caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Kazim Faruq (File)

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SULAIMANI — The head of New Generation Movement caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament said on Sunday (July 12) that the federal government has offered to pay the salaries of employees at the Kurdistan Region’s Dukan and Darbandikhan dams, but that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not responded yet.

“According to the constitution of Iraq, the dams are sovereign and the [federal] government should pay the expenses of their maintenance departments and the salaries of the employees working there,” New Generation Movement lawmaker Kazim Faruq said in a post on Facebook.

“This government itself cannot pay salaries to people and does not allow Baghdad to send them salaries,” Kazimi added.

In late April, the federal government ran out of patience with the KRG’s refusal to abide by the terms of the 2019 Federal Budget Law, which mandated that Erbil send 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Baghdad for export, and stopped all transfers, except for a one-time 400 billion Iraqi dinar infusion to grease negotiations designed to reach a comprehensive agreement.

Pressed by a massive budget shortfall, on June 21 the KRG decided to cut 21 percent of the salaries of the employees in the Kurdistan Region who earn more than 300,000 Iraqi dinars.

(NRT Digital Media)