Rival Camps Discussing Extra Budget Plan and Bill on Reorganizing Gov't

Write : 2017-07-17 16:38:45 Update : 2017-07-18 15:42:24

Rival Camps Discussing Extra Budget Plan and Bill on Reorganizing Gov't

With one day left until the National Assembly’s extraordinary session for July ends, rival camps are locking horns over the government’s eleven-point-two trillion won supplementary budget plan and a bill seeking revisions to the government’s organization.
 
Rival camps, in particular, are said to be at odds over whether or not to slash eight billion won from the extra budget bill earmarked to employ more civil servants.
 
The ruling Democratic Party has stressed that the increase in the number of civil servants will eventually lead to job creation in the private sector. However, the nation’s three opposition parties are against the move, saying the expansion will continuously become a burden on national finance.
 
The parties, meanwhile, decided to remove nine billion won from the budget bill earmarked to install fine dust measuring equipment in elementary schools. The idea was one of President Moon Jae-in’s campaign pledges.
 
The National Assembly’s Security and Public Administration Committee sent the bill on government reorganization to its bill deliberation subcommittee. If rival camps manage to agree on the revised bill on Monday, it is expected to be introduced before a plenary session on Tuesday.
 
However, rival camps are expected to clash when reviewing the revised bill as they are at odds over having the Environment Ministry manage the Korea Water Resources Corporation instead of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. They are also not on the same page in regards to the idea to scrap the Ministry of Public Safety and Security.

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