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Incentives for Zabul govt officials proposed

Incentives for Zabul govt officials proposed

Mar 06, 2011 - 16:01

QALAT (PANinfo-icon): The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission has recommended incentives for government servants in southern Zabul province, an official said on Sunday.

The suggestion comes amid concerns that residents of the province are reluctant to join government jobs due to low salaries and security problems, including militant threats.

The recommendation was floated in view of the fragile security situation and other problems facing the province, regional head of the commission, Abdul Aziz Wogarai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

More than 50 percent of vacancies in government departments were yet to be filled and only the governor's office required 120 permanent employees, Wogarai revealed.

He said the proposed incentives, including payments for additional work, should be given to experienced and skilled people to help government organisations resolve public problems.

Heading a delegation of the commission, Wogarai called on provincial departments, council and the youth organisation to cooperate with the panel in filling vacant posts.

"Due to bad security in Zabul, we recommend facilities for new appointees in addition to their salaries," the official said, adding the commission planned to conduct workshops and training courses for newly-appointed officials to improve their capacity.

The governor's spokesman, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, confirmed provincial government departments lacked 55 percent of staff. He linked the shortage to insecurity and inadequate incentives.


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