Ministers-designate brief MPs on their plans
KABUL (PAN): Ministers-designate for rural rehabilitation and development, higher education and women's affairs, appearing before the Wolesi Jirga for a trust vote, on Monday briefed lawmakers on their future plans.
Karzai named nine people for Cabinet slots two weeks ago. Mohammad Ismail Khan has been nominated as water and energy minister, Amirzai Sangin as telecommunications minister, Dr. Suraya Dalil as public health minister and Husan Bano Ghazanfar as women's affairs minister.
Obaidullah Obaid has been named as minister-designate for higher education, Wais Ahmad Barmak for rural rehabilitation and development, Daud Ali Najafi for transport and aviation, Hassan Abdul Lilahi for urban development and Najibullah Aujan for public works.
Obaidullah promised he would allocate scholarship quotas for all provinces in a transparent and equitable manner, if he won a vote of confidence from Parliament.
"My second priority will be to ensure girl students’ enrollment in insecure provinces in government universities. The number of university students will be increased to more than 100,000 over the next three years," he added.
Ghazanfar said her plans included creating vocational training centres for women, construction of recreation parks for them in several provinces, Islamic cultural centres and finding market for their handicrafts.
Barmak pledged efforts at mustering international support for the implementation of key development schemes, which he did not explain. He said that the entire developmental budget would be spent equally in the provinces. Promising to fight corruption, he would try to ensure appointments on merit.
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