The Majlis have approved the 2011 state budget just days ahead of a constitutionally-mandated New Year deadline.
The budget was approved this afternoon with five amendments after 69 out of 76 members present within parliament voted in favour of the finance plan; four members voted against the plans, Haveeru has reported.
A total of five amendments and 18 recommendations were put forward for the budget, though Parliamentary Speaker Abdulla Shahid reportedly ruled “most” of the amendments for being “unconstitutional”.
Parliamentary members including representatives for both the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) were unavailable or unwilling to comment on the budget to Minivan News at the time of going to press, other than to confirm the budget had been passed.
Among the amendments reported to have been included were the transfer of Rf7.1 million from an infrastructure development fund to help the Islamic Ministry with mosque renovation, which was submitted by Fares-Maathoda MP Ibrahim Muthalib. The amendment was approved by 38 votes to 35 against.
Other recommendations adopted in the budget included the prioritising of harbour developments and revetment projects based on a system of merit and those islands most in need, as well as the provision of subsidies for parties providing electricity in areas with an absence of a powerhouse or utilities companies.
A recommendation forwarded by Inguraidhoo MP Hamdoon Hameed calling on the National Planning Department to publish a quarterly report with updates on projects from both loan aid and individual funding was also approved 71 to two in favour. Hameed also had a recommendation to include individual project details within next year’s annual budget approved by a similar margin.