4 govt organs yet to enforce Karzai’s decree
KABUL (PAN): Four government organs have not yet implemented President Hamid Karzai last month’s decree aimed at introducing sweeping reforms and stemming widespread government corruption, the Council of Ministers was told on Monday.
Karzai released the sweeping set of proposed reforms, including a number aimed at stemming the government’s endemic corruption; the proposals touched every ministry, the attorney general’s office and the Supreme Court.
The document, which the president’s spokesman Aimal Faizi described as a “decree on administrative reforms,” is similar to an executive order and in theory must be complied with by all organs of government.
At an international conference in Tokyo about funding for Afghanistan in the years to come, many countries said their continued financial support was contingent on progress on corruption.
Chaired by President Karzai, the Cabinet that met at the palace on Monday was informed by the Office of Administrative Affairs that four government organs were yet to implement the decree.
The Office of Administrative Affairs in a statement said 22 of 26 organs mentioned in the document had been able to implement the provisions within the given time of one month.
However, the Ministry of Interior, Water and Power, the Attorney General’s Office and the central bank were yet to submit their reports on progress on the matters they had been tasked to resolve in the decree.
The matters include complete dissolution of private security firms, a subject related to the interior ministry and resuming work on stalled power projects by the power and energy ministry and the Kabul Bank issue.
The Cabinet renewed its call on the government departments to submit their reports on progress with regard to implementation of the decree as soon as possible.
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