The Iraqi government may not be able to fully implement its aid plans for internally displaced people and returnees this year due to a funding shortfall, according to Azhar Al-Mousawi, the country’s deputy minister for displacement and migration.
The government does not have enough money to push through with the plans, which the government announced in January, Al-Mousawi told IRIN. The scheme aims to help IDPs and encourage doctors, teachers and other professionals who fled from the violence in the country to return.
Al-Mousawi said the plans would cost some $416 million to $500 million to implement, but the ministry received only a $250 million budget this year.
The Iraqi parliament has approved an overall budget of $82.6 billion for 2011.
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