No more contract-based govt jobs for clerics: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to appoint religious scholars on permanent basis in public sector departments and avoid word contract for them.
The president told this to Hajj and Auqaf Minister Faiz Mohammad Osmani, who called on him at the Presidential Palace.
A statement from the palace said Osmani presented the president his ministry’s first 100-day work plan.
It said the president stressed improvement in condition of mosques through executing organised programmes and plans, which could also help overcome the distance between mosque and the presidential palace.
Ghani said Afghanistan had a historic role in spreading Islamic ideology and civilization and the Haj and Auqaf Ministry should try to revive Afghanistan’s that status.
The president said the Ministry of Haj and Auqaf was responsible to register all religious assets and preserve them and retake those grabbed.
Calling religious leaders as social guides, the president said clerics should not be appointed on contract basis in government departments, but on permanent basis like other officials.
He also insisted on providing more facilities to Haj and Umrah pilgrims and improving the process.
The president also said ways should be explored to facilitate Afghan refugees living in Pakistan and Iran to perform Haj and Umrah.
Ghani said the Ministry of Haj and Auqaf should be free from all sorts of corruption and answerable for its all affairs to the nation.
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