Kapisa residents unhappy with NSP
MEHMOOD RAQI (PAN): Residents of central Kapisa province have accused members of regional councils of using development projects to promote their personal interests.
The government initiated development schemes in some troubled districts of the province, but residents say they are unhappy with the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) -- a rural development initiative.
Some residents said NSP officials have been unable to maintain their performance with time, ignoring the deserving lot.
Faizullah, a resident of the Mirakhel area of Tagab district, said: "In the past, NSP officials would visit each family to help them. But now you can see local council members establishing poultry and bee farms only for themselves and friends in Daulatkhel, Esakhel and other areas."
Nijrab's Pachghan area dweller Haji Mohammad Daud said some organistaions had provided people with assistance and projects, including poultry farms, chemical fertiliser and food for household animals.
But the assistance could not reach the deserving people and was plundered by officials concerned, alleged. But the officials concerned say the assistance was not enough. "These officials have cars and shops," Daud said.
However, the allegations were rejected by Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director Hayatullah Farhang. "When we receive a project, we hand it over to representatives of the village concerned for implementation in line with the wishes of people.
"That some projects may have been misused is a possibility. But it does not mean that all projects have not been implemented and that all officials are corrupt," the director added.
He said it was his department's responsibility to monitor the schemes during their implementation. Most of the projects in troubled parts of the province have been carried out by NGOs. Farhang called such projects the main source of corruption.
The director believed transparency in completion of projects could be ensured if they were implemented through the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department.
Haji Kako Khan, a resident of Mehmood Raqi, the provincial capital, charged regional council officials with being involved in using the projects for their own benefit.
But regional council member, Kuchi, said being a public representative, he knew better who the deserving people were. He said they often received insufficient assistance.
According to some residents, the Taliban also demand their share in development projects in Kapisa. Speaking on condition of anonymity, one resident said the Taliban kidnapped a son of Mohammadullah from the Jalokhel area, where he worked on a project. His was released when Mohammadullah paid ransom to kidnappers, he said.
The Tagab district police chief, Pacha Gul Bakhtiar, said the security situation had improved, compared to previous years. He rejected the claim that Taliban were being given a share in uplift schemes.
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