Khalil argued the only solution was to either approve the 2014 budget or for Parliament to issue a law exclusively for this Cabinet. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Monday dismissed "political motives" behind his decision to block extra-budgetary spending pending the ratification of the 2014 budget and insisted that the country's treasury was in good shape.Khalil's decision raised fears that the salaries of public sector employees would not be paid at the end of the month.Khalil argued the only solution was to either approve the 2014 budget or for Parliament to issue a law exclusively for this Cabinet.Khalil said he was not willing to follow suit.Khalil said the treasury did not need the intervention of the Central Bank to settle its dues, adding that ensuring that the public sectors gets paid its salaries was a "personal battle".
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