Torkham scale’s income increases after inquiry
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Income from the Torkham scale has increased and corruption decreased after a delegation started monitoring the facility in eastern Nangarhar province on the border with Pakistan, a public representative said on Sunday.
Speaking at a gathering at the Governor’s House here in honour of the provincial council members, the council chief, Ahmad Ali Hazrat, said the monitoring by the delegation had resulted in increased income of the weighbridge.
The delegation includes provincial council members and officials. Suhrab Qaderi, a PC member who leads the delegation, praised for the monitoring team for reducing corruption at the scale.
The delegation has been tasked with investigating corruption at the scale and introducing to judiciary organs those found guilty. The delegation has referred four Public Works Ministry employees to the attorney’s office for failing to combat corruption at the scale after they were deployed there as observers.
Deputy Governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal said the delegation had good achievements in its work so far and the delegates were keen on making their task permanent.
Gardiwal said the provincial council had the right to monitor the performance of government entities and take active part in anti- corruption efforts.
Public Works Director Rassoul Gul Faqir told Pajhwok Afghan News problems in revenue collections at the Torkham scale had been addressed now.
The scale is located two kilometers from the Torkham border crossing and trucks and other vehicles carrying goods from and to Pakistan are checked for weight.
Former Nangarhar governor Attaullah Lodin, who resigned last month, had admitted he could not prevent corruption at the scale and some provincial departments.
Earlier, he had claimed 150 million afghanis were lost to corruption each month at the scale, but the governor’s house could not prevent it.
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