The Parliament has today approved the MVR 6.5 billion supplementary submitted to the legislative house by the previous administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The supplementary budget was approved by the Budget Committee last Thursday with the amendment that promises MVR 6.5 million to media outlets.

The Speaker of the Parliament today asked for a vote on the Budget Committee report of the Supplementary Budget.

Out of the 67 MPs who took part in the vote, 57 MPs voted in favor of the Supplementary Budget. The remaining 10 MPs voted against passing the Supplementary Budget.

The Supplementary Budget includes MVR 3.1 billion as operational costs and MVR 3.3 billion as capital costs. The operational costs include MVR 1.8 billion to the subsidy budget and another MVR 1.2 billion to Aasandha.

This would take the total expenditure on the national health insurance scheme to a staggering MVR 2.3 billion.

The capital costs were increased as the cost of the PSIP projects increased with MVR 1.7 billion allocated for 17 PSIP projects.

This includes MVR 146 million for the Male' Thilafushi project.

The Supplementary Budget would take the total budget for this year to MVR 49.5 billion.