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Mexican agencies fail in austerity measures

Austerity measures in President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration have not had the same impact among different government agencies, at least not in their spending on bureaucracy benefits during the first semester of the year.

According to information of the Ministry of Finance (SHCP), the resources used to pay for benefits, incentives, supports, and bonuses to employees of the public sector added to MXN $160,339,149,153 million from January to June 2019.

This means that there was a reduction of barely 0.24% compared to the MXN $160,732,334.674 million used in the same sector during the first semester of 2018.

But the behavior and adherence to the austerity strategy were not the same between agencies. Data shows that 21 institutions reduced their expenses, although 10 did otherwise, which basically eliminates the effort and savings of their counterparts.

Among those that did efforts to reduce this kind of expenses are the Office of the President, the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), as well as the Welfare and Public Service ministries.

Nevertheless, others were far from the objective, since instead of reducing the payment of benefits, they increased it.

Among the institutions that stand out for increasing the amount of benefits for their employees are the Mexican Institute of Social Service (IMSS), the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), Pemex, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), the branch of Projections and Contributions for the Systems of Basic, Technological, Adults, and Teacher’s Education, and the ministries of Agriculture, Navy, National Defense, Transports and Communications, and Labor, as well as Agrarian Development, in which they used basically all the savings from the other agencies.

Source: Notimex

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