M-Paisa payment system soon: Sangin
KABUL (PAN): Some government employees would soon be receiving their salaries through the M-Paisa payment system, a new mobile payment service, and would be able to pay utility bills through the service, the acting communication minister said on Wednesday.
The servants would receive their salaries in their respective areas and an agreement in this regard would be signed with four mobile phone companies, including Etisalat, MTN, Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) and Roshan, Eng. Amirzai Sangin told a joint news conference with the education minister, Ghulam Farooq Wardak in Kabul.
Based on problems of people, the Ministry of Communication and Da Afghanistan Central Bank encouraged private telephone companies to provide the service to the people of Afghanistan, Sangin said. Owners of the private telephone companies and the country director of the US Agency for International Development would help to make the programme a success, he added.
"This initiative will help reduce administrative corruption and also improve the work quality of government staffers," the minister said.
"The new payment system can also help people in their daily businesses and also the government in providing salaries to its servants," he said.
Brushing aside concerns about the salary payment system through banks as baseless, Rangin said the private telephone companies would open their branches in different parts of the country from where the government workers such as police and army would get salaries by showing a message, which they would receive from the companies.
He assured the people that the money would be transferred to them safely and transparently.
The minister said the project would be launched soon on an experimental basis in 10 districts of as many provinces and its results would be evaluated.
Minister of Education Ghulam Farooq Wardak mentioned delays in sending salaries to teachers. He hoped the problem would be resolved with implementation of the system.
Almost 44 percent of government servants were receiving salaries through banks, whose branches were fewer than needed, Wardak said.
The project will be funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID head Rajiv Shah said the agency would pay five million dollars for the important project.
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