Ram Belinkov Moving to Treasury as National Budget Director

He'd like to get rid of Yaron Zelekha, supports fiscal restraint and stipends only for the needy

Roni Bar-On wants to take his director-general Ram Belinkov from the Interior Ministry to Finance. The word was that Belinkov wanted to replace Yaron Zelekha as accountant-general, and speculation swirled that Bar-On would name him director-general. Actually, the incoming minister has chosen for Belinkov to take over the National Budget department, TheMarker has learned.

Belinkov has already served as deputy budget director.

Bar-On is expected to take office in the coming days.

Bar-On was reportedly willing to appoint Belinkov to the post of director-general, but sources close to Belinkov said he didn't want to replace Ariav, who is doing a good job. There is a long friendship between the two men, the sources say.

Regarding the accountant-general, Belinkov is said to favor replacing Zelekha. Sources close to Belinkov told Haaretz that the treasury's future director-general believed that Zelekha in his current job was harmful to the treasury.
As budget director, Belinkov is expected to favor restraint. He too supports keeping the annual increase in government spending below 1.7%, which is the rate of population growth.

Belinkov has nonetheless said he would expand public spending on infrastructure projects such as roads.

"He is still concerned that the money might go to waste instead of on much-needed infrastructure projects," said a source.

In addition, Belinkov believes that state stipends should only go to the needy. "I myself am well off, but I am still entitled to a stipend, as the father of a large family. There is no reason for this," Belinkov has said.

Belinkov offered to review the recipients of state allowances and to tax those who also receive good salaries. "His suggestion would see the more affluent stipend receivers paying taxes for their allowances, while the poorer and needier will be exempt" sources said.