Insecurity hinders monitoring of NSP projects in Jawzjan
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): As many as 1400 welfare projects have been executed under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in northern Jawzjan province, but security challenges hindered efforts at monitoring them, an official said on Monday.
Eng. Muhammad Yusuf Syed, the rural rehabilitation and development director, told Pajhwok Afghan News, the schemes had been put into service in 10 districts and some villages near Shiberghan, the provincial capital, since NSP inception in 2003 till 2012 with a cost more than one billion afghanis .
The projects include buildings for schools, health clinic, wells, bridges, water flour mills, diesel-run generators, power transformers and roads’ reconstruction, benefiting 400,000 families, he said.
The director said the NSP’s second phase had been launched two years back, under which 300 projects costing 560 million afs would be completed in eight districts.
About 100 of the new projects had been completed and the rest were under different stages of completion. The schemes would benefit 200,000 people, but security problems challenged the projects’ monitoring, Syed said.
He said some projects in remote areas such as Qustipa, Darzab, Qarqin and Khamaab were being monitored by social workers and organisations voluntary.
Despite constructing many buildings in various areas, NSP local officials have been living in rented houses.
Jawzjan NSP officer Eng. Muhammad Bashir said a two-storey building having 14 rooms was being constructed to accommodate NSP officials at a cost of 14 million afs until next year with funds from the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry.
Jawzjan residents say they are satisfied with NSP projects. Muhammad Hassan, a resident, said an irrigation project had been completed in their area.
Local NSP officials say more than 500 villages in 10 districts have benefited from the programme.
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