Samangan PC performance unsatisfactory: Residents
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A number of residents of northwestern Samangan province on Monday said they were unhappy with the performance of the new provincial council members and terms of development and other uplift projects in the area.
A member of council, however, said given the short time that they had, their performance has been noteworthy.
Samangan provincial council has nine members. Mohammad Ewazbeg, Masooma Husni and Sayed Abdul Alim Sadaat are members from previous term. The fresh faces in the house included Raz Mohammad, Sefatullah Samangani, Mohammad Pazir Basij, Qazi Naqibullah Qazizada, Khatol Sherzai and Mohammad Hashim Sarwari.
The house is comprised of more youth and this had made the people hopeful that they would be more active and work with more enthusiasm.
Some residents said the new members also could not succeed in bringing major changes to the province as expected in the last five months.
Gul Alam, a resident of Choghi locality in Aibak, told Pajhwok Afghan News the council has not yet performed the way people expected.
He said during the campaigns candidates promised people to work in areas of reconstruction, security, provision of potable water and asphalting of roads.
“Now we see that day by day, security situation deteriorates in the province, no major projects have been initiated and unemployment surges,” he complained.
Mohammad Seddiq, a civil society activist in Aibak, said members of the council wasted their first three months over wrangling on electing the administrative board. Like other provinces, the Samangan provincial council was on strike for 40 days to regain the oversight right on local departments.
Seddiq alleged the council has no vision or plan in order to change people’s lives for better.
He added it was the council’s duty to bridge the gap between people and government, oversee development projects and advise local officials on improving security situation.
The provincial council members failed to discharge their duties efficiently, he rued.
Meanwhile, members of the provincial council acknowledged challenges exist but were of the opinion that the council also had some achievements.
Mohammad Hashim Sarwari, a provincial council member, acknowledged that due to some problems the council started work three months late and nominated its administrative penal and subsequently the Wolesi Jirga passed a resolution in which the powers of provincial council were curtailed and the council remained closed as a sign of protest like the provincial councils of other provinces.
The replacement of Khatol Sherzai by Saadat Hameedi in the list of election winners was one of the reason due to which the council was unable to elect the administrative panel on time.
The provincial election commission had said the name of Saadat Hameedi was mistakenly entered into the list of winners. It said after investigation it was revealed that Sherzai got more votes than Hameedi.
He said the Samangan provincial council had prepared its working plan and was being implemented. Cooperation with security officials for improved law and order situation was a part of the working plan.
Sarwari claimed improvement in security situation and credited the provincial council for their cooperation with security officials.
Samangan was said to be a peaceful province, but lately insurgents intensified their activities and some parts of the province became insecure.
Sarwari said the provincial council members had recently traveled to Kabul, where they held meeting with the Minister of Interior and asked him to deploy another contingent of police for the protection of highway and create another police district in Aibak, the provincial capital.
He said the grievances raised by the provincial officials had been conveyed to the interior minister during the meeting.
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