The supplementary budget for the year 2023 was approved in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM)

Turkish Grand National Assembly

The proposed law for amending the central government budget for the year 2023 and related tables was approved in the Planning and Budget Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM).

The discussions on the proposed law for amending the central government budget for the year 2023 and related tables took place in the Planning and Budget Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM).

CHP Karabük Deputy Cevdet Akay stated that the justification for the supplementary budget was presented as the need to address the damages caused by the earthquakes centered in Kahramanmaraş.

Akay claimed that the consequences of flawed economic policies and unfounded economic theories were being imposed on the public. He stated, “The supplementary budget proposal is a budget that protects the supporters, burdens the citizens, causes suffering to the people, provides lavish benefits to a certain group while causing hardships for the citizens. Throughout the history of the Republic, no government has knocked on the doors of the Parliament by bringing consecutive supplementary budgets to cover up their flawed policies.”

İYİ Party Gaziantep Deputy Mustafa Gürban emphasized the need for the tax system to be broad-based and for the tax burden not to be imposed on low- and middle-income citizens. He stated that fair tax distribution was not achieved.

Gürban pointed out that as the tax burden increased, the cost of living became unbearable. He said, “Of course, the government may want to increase tax revenues due to the problems we are facing, but by financing public expenditures with growth, especially through public expenditures, we end up financing taxes with public expenditures. In fact, as the budget deficit widens in public institutions and organizations, we are targeting the hard-earned money of the citizens.”

CHP Malatya Deputy Veli Ağbaba reminded the group that MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli had stated in today’s group meeting that the increase of 8,077 Turkish liras, which would be given as a flat increase in the salaries of public employees, should also be given to retirees.

When MHP Konya Deputy Mustafa Kalaycı asked, “Are you against it?” Ağbaba replied, “We are ready, Mr. Kalaycı. Give it, we are saying that we will support it, give us the 8,077 liras.”

Ağbaba claimed that the supplementary budget was a result of the economic crisis and election economy. He said, “This government created this wreckage, hid it until the election, and now they are trying to make the poor pay the bill.”

Ağbaba argued that defending the currency-protected deposit scheme meant supporting the further impoverishment of the poor and the enrichment of the rich. He claimed that the supplementary budget could also be called the “currency-protected deposit budget”.

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