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Page added on October 12, 2011

DQP sues Finance Ministry for non-payment of fisheries subsidies

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Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) has filed a lawsuit at the Civil Court against the Finance Ministry and Fisheries Ministry claiming that the government is withholding the budget allocated for fuel subsidies for fishermen.

The party has requested the court to order the Finance Ministry to issue the Rf100 million included in the 2011 budget for fisheries subsidy immediately.

According to local media, the state attorney said that it was not in the mandate of political parties to get involved with issues such as this.

Meanwhile, DQP MP Riyaz Rasheed has submitted a resolution to the parliament calling on the government to release the fisheries subsidy.

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP and Media Coordinator of the MDP Parliamentary Group Ahmed Shifaz told Minivan News that the resolution has been accepted by the parliament and sent to parliament committee for further review.

Finance Minister Ahmed Inaz told parliament last week that the state would have to reduce other subsidies before issuing Rf100 million (US$6.4 million) as oil subsidies for fishermen.

“It would have been easier if parliament had decided to reduce from a particular item,” he said, noting that potential items included subsidies for water, oil and foodstuffs as well as state benefits for persons with special needs.

“If we cut any of the [budget] items, we will be cutting basic needs,” he said. “The Majlis has not asked the government to cut any particular item so the government cannot cut any item and provide funding, and so hasn’t been able to find a fair way to issue subsidies for fishermen.”

Inaz told Minivan News today that it was too early to comment on the resolution that was submitted by Riyaz.

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3 Comments on "DQP sues Finance Ministry for non-payment of fisheries subsidies"

  1. dunye on Wed, 12th Oct 2011 7:41 PM 

    MP Riyaz Please pay STO debts of 18 Million Ruffiya which is pending from time of previous government!! Riyaz’s oil company which he holds 51% shares and his wife 49% shares and many other key oil retailing companies were indirectly and directly benefiting from Oil subsidy in the form of corruption!! MP Riyaz is a verrry corrupt and dirty politician who has no shame!!

  2. rannamaari on Thu, 13th Oct 2011 12:45 AM 

    Is this Minivan news ALL about DQP?? Nice journalism! Very professional!

    And true. MP Riyaz is a bloody hypocrite!

  3. ibrahim Mohamed on Thu, 13th Oct 2011 9:09 AM 

    is this DQP all about legal action!!? Hilarious!! Whats the use of a political party with lawyers who have no political substance and can only act as a law firm.


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