Concern in Chile over proposed budget for 2021
16 de septiembre de 2020, 10:44Santiago de Chile, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean State budget project for 2021 raises concerns in social media and opposition politicians about the possibility of cuts in social spending and other important matters.
Although the proposal has not yet been presented to Congress by the Minister of Finance, Ignacio Briones, he announced that, due to the difficult economic situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the draft budget for next year will be 'based on zero', which set off alarms.
For the minister, this means that the ministries only demand resources to cover their fixed expenses, thus leaving enough funds to reactivate the economy and use them with the greatest efficiency, in addition to establishing 'new priorities' for the country.
The opposition is attentive to this unprecedented idea, and president of the Lower House Finance Commission, communist deputy Daniel Nuñez, said he feared that Social expenditures, whose budgets, as he warned, are already quite short will be forgotten under the pretext that it is only necessary to invest in the revival of the economy.
He pointed out that money for education, culture, education, the National Fund for the Development of Science and Technology, the benefit programs for native peoples and the Ministry of Women, among others, could be affected.
In the same vein, Ricardo Lagos Weber, from the Senate Finance Committee, said that a budget is needed that supports economic reactivation, but at the same time helps to face the negative effects that the pandemic has had on broad sectors.
He added that 'it is necessary to clearly establish the resources for the health area and the health personnel who have had to face the pandemic. This budget should boost economic activity next year and promote more employment.'
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