Addressing a parliamentary session on Wednesday, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said what must be taken into account in formulating the national budget is non-reliance on oil incomes, which has been repeatedly stressed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
The Parliament speaker said the budget’s dependence on petrodollars would be totally damaging and abortive.
The overriding concern is a budget deficit, he said, adding that the Parliament is pushing for a budget reform with new sources of revenue.
The administration’s proposed budget bill for the next Iranian fiscal year has been signed by President Hassan Rouhani.
The president has preferred to absent himself from the parliamentary session on Wednesday. The budget bill is going to be submitted to the Parliament by Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, head of Iran’s Plan and Budget Organization.
Once the parliamentarians endorse the government’s proposed budget bill, it will go to the Guardian Council, the constitutional supervisory body, for ratification before becoming law.