More than 16,000 Ghost Workers removed in Kurdistan

By Padraig O'Hannelly.

The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) biometric registration program is claimed to have removed more than 16,000 'ghost workers' from the state's payroll.

Addressing the CWC/GFEn's Kurdistan Iraq Economic Forum (KIEF) online conference, Kurdistan's Deputy Prime Minister, Qubad Talabani, said:

"Building on phase one of our biometric registration program, where every wage-earner was enrolled, we are using that data to right-size our government and ensure that only people who need to be employed are.

"So we have eliminated 16,500 people, who have illegally been receiving more than one salary.

"We expect that there may be many more ghost employees who may be registered as government employees, but who are in fact not working, so we will eliminate such wasteful spending."

The DPM did not say if the criminals will be prosecuted and the embezzled funds recouped.

The virtual conference continues on Wednesday.

One Response to More than 16,000 Ghost Workers removed in Kurdistan

  1. Layth Mahdi 20th November 2020 at 13:10 #

    The Iraqi government does not have accurate data about the true number of employees working for the GOI; however, the Ministry of Finance has estimated that there are over 6.5 million employees are working for the government compared to 850K employees in 2003.

    The Finance Minister, Dr. Ali Alawi also stated that more than 10% of the GOI has “ghost workers” or employees that receive more than one salary. The biggest benefactors from these “ghost workers” are the political parties and the GOI are facing challenges in addressing the corruption that is causing huge losses for the government.

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