Tunisia: NCA Adopts Ministries' Budgets With Few Exceptions

Bardo — The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted, on Monday in a plenary session, the different chapters of the state budget for 2013 (29 chapters), except the second chapter of the Presidency of the Republic's budget which is under examination by the finance commission.

The Education Ministry's budget accounted for the lion's share of the 2013 state budget, with 3 billion 507 million dinars against 3 billion 217 million dinars in 2012.

This rise will be devoted to the new recruitment planned by the Ministry in 2013 (5,648 officers) in addition to the revision of the cost of the specific increases and management expenditures (12 million Tunisian dinars(MTD)), and the premiums proposed (72 million Tunisian dinars).

As regards the Religious Affairs Ministry, it increased from MTD in 2012 to 77,112 MTD in 2013, i.e a rise of 13%.

A growth of the Industry Ministry's budget is also scheduled as part of the 2013 state budget. The budget of this Ministry will reach 2.954 billion dinars.

The Interior Ministry also figures among the departments concerned by this development with a 2013 budget of about 2.143 billion dinars against 1.885 billion dinars in 2012.

The Ministry is planning to hire, in 2013, some 2,965 new officers.

The Public Health Ministry was also concerned by this leap.

Its budget is estimated for 2013, at 1.450 billion dinars against 1.248 billion dinars in 2012.

Concerning the Women and Family Affairs Ministry, the 2013 budget is estimated at 83 MTD while that of the State Property and Landed Affairs Ministry is about 55 MTD.

The NCA accepted to devote a budget of 6 million 663 thousand dinars, the weakest among the Ministerial budgets, to the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Ministry, which has not been integrated as part of the State budget for 2012.

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