Don’t panic; Article 174 allows Gov’t to pay salaries without approved budget – fmr MP

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Buem constituency, Daniel Kwesi Asiamah has called on all government workers to allay their fear of not being paid by government in 2022 as the approval of the budget for the ensuing year has not been approved yet.

Since the rejection of the 2022 budget by parliament on 29th November 2021, some government workers fear their salaries might not be paid because of the failure of Parliament to build consensus on the 2022 economic policy.

Speaking on Power FM’s ‘Inside Politics’, the immediate past MP stated that as a result of the rejected budget in 1981, the 1992 constitution provides for government workers to be paid whenever a budget is rejected by parliament.

He explained that “Article 174 makes a provision for emergency spending to the government which includes payments of salaries of government workers”.

Article 174, 1,2 and 3 states : ” (1) No taxation shall be imposed otherwise than by or under the authority of an Act of Parliament.

(2) Where an Act, enacted in accordance with clause (1) of this article, confers power on any person or authority to waive or vary a tax imposed by that Act, the exercise of the power of waiver or variation, in favour of any person or authority, shall be subject to the prior approval of Parliament by resolution.

(3) Parliament may be resolution, supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all members of Parliament, exempt the exercise of any power from the provisions of clause (2) of this article.”

Mr Asiamah further stressed all government workers will be paid and that if there is anyone Ghanaians should blame for the rejection of the 2022 budget then it is Majority Group Leader  Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.

“He is the minister for parliamentary affairs but failed to lobby with the minority group for the approval of the budget” he added.

By Agaatorne Douglas Asaah||Ghana

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