Parliament approves to extend overdraw period

Parliament of the Maldives | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – Parliament of Maldives has passed to approve the government’s request to extend the overdraw period for the Public account in Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) by an additional year. 

Following a report compromised by a nine member committee which was selected to investigate the overdraw request after a motion proposed by MP of Alifushi constituency Mohamed Rasheed and supported by MP of Maradhoo constituency Ibrahim Shareef, the parliament has voted to pass the governments request with 47 votes while 4 members voted against it.

The committee included;

  1. Mohamed Aslam, Hithadhoo north constituency (Chair)
  2. Ilyas Labeeb, Hulhudhoo constituency (Deputy Chair)
  3. Yauqoob Abdulla, Dhandhoo constituency 
  4. Hussein Shameem, Henveiru south constituency 
  5. Ibrahim Naseem, Thulusdhoo constituency 
  6. Ahmed Shiyam, Meedhoo constituency 
  7. Qasim Ibrahim, Maamigili constituency 
  8. Mohamed Saeed, Maavashu constituency 
  9. Mohamed Rasheed Hussain, Alifushi constituency 

The Maldivian Parliament previously approved the suspension of Article 32 (a)(b)(e) of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, ending on 26 April 2021. This would allow for MVR 4.4 billion to be overdrawn from the MMA Public account.

Citing that Maldives has not been able to overcome the negative impact on the economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer, on behalf of the state, requested for the extension of this period to 26 April 2022.

The state’s request to extend the overdraw period for the Public account was sent through the Ministry of Finance to secure funds for day to day expenses such as government employee salaries, according to an MDP MP in an interview to a local news outlet.