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    Paktia MPs say local officials incompetent

    GARDEZ (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members representing Paktia on Thursday said none of the 27 development projects approved for the southeastern province this solar year has been executed, blaming the failure on incompetent local officials.

    Lawmaker Mujibur Rahman Chamkanai told Pajhwok Afghan News Parliament had approved nearly 27 development projects this solar year and 14 last year through the ministries concerned, but the schemes could not be completed due to incompetent departmental heads.  

    He said the projects included a school in Chamkani, a boundary wall for Pattan high school, asphalting Shahr-i-Naw-Janikhil road and a ring road in Gardez city.

    He said the departments including agriculture, rural rehabilitation, education, public works, the municipality, and energy and water had been able to implement the projects.

    Another MP, Mohammad Ibrahim Ghakhtalai, without naming any, said departmental heads were involved in corruption and manipulating data. “Some incompetent officials have been recruited into key departments.”

    However, public works director, Abdullah Durani, rejected the claims as baseless, saying they had executed all important projects in the given timescale.

    “No project is incomplete, but some projects lack budget that leaves them incomplete,” he said, adding the delay in some projects was a result of security problems.

    Rural Rehabilitation Director, Rahmatullah Sarwari said they had not received funds for some projects from the ministries concerned despite approval.

    Another MP, Razia Sadat, said the departmental heads had not yet informed them about fund shortages for approved projects.  “It is a clear weakness. The officials neither take practical steps nor inform us,” she said.