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Pay raise for govt officials to help fight graft: Ludin

Pay raise for govt officials to help fight graft: Ludin

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Feb 19, 2011 - 18:20

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The newly-appointed head of General and Independent Administration of Anti-Corruption and Bribery on Saturday said he would try to increase salaries of government servants to discourage administrative corruption.

Azizullah Ludin, former head of Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon), was recently appointed as General and Independent Administration of Anti-Corruption and Bribery chief by President Hamid Karzai.

Ludin told a press conference in Kabul that increase in salaries of government officials would help resolve their economic problems. He said that the commission would work in coordination with the Ministry of Finance to eliminate corruption at government departments.

Ordinary government staffers received about 6,000 afghanis ($132) per month, he said, adding such meager salary could not meet their demands and there should be an increase. Ludin said his administration would be in direct contact with government staffs.

The current IEC head, Fazal Ahmad Manawi, who also attended the press conference, insisted on fighting corruption at government departments.

Ludin was removed as IEC chief after the 2009 presidential and provincial council elections in the wake of fraud allegations by some MPs and President Hamid Karzai's main political rival, Abdullah Abdullah.

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