Iranian currency widely used in Nimroz
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The residents of western Nimroz province on Saturday voiced concerns over widely used of Toman -- the Iranian currency -- in daily businesses, saying use of foreign currencies inside the country was hitting economy badly.
Nimroz is among southwestern provinces of Afghanistan bordering Iran. The neighboring country’s currency has been used in the province for years.
A number of provinces bordering other countries also use their currencies and even to some extent have been affected culturally by these countries.
According to Pajhwok Afghan News correspondent who travelled to Nimroz, some residents in the province were not even familiar with the Afghan currency.
Saeed, who own an edible shop in Zaranj, the provincial capital, said they used Iranian Toman instead of afghanis. “When afghanis edges up and the price of Toman decline, we have no choice but to sell our items on previous prices. Sometimes this harms our business.”
He said when afghanis edged up, he has no choice but to sell the edibles at the same price or he would lose customers.
According to Saeed, majority of people in the city did not know about afghani currency except of government officials and educated youth. 1,000 Iranian Toman was being exchanged at 18.6 afghanis nowadays.
“Our women, men and children do not have complete familiarity with afghanis. When we give our children 500 tomans they accept it, but they won’t accept 50 afghanis because they don’t know about its value,” he added.
He said in other provinces of Herat and Farah also, toman was being used.
Article 12 of the constitution states: Currency issuance as well as formulating and implementing the monetary policy of the county shall be according to the provisions of law and the authority of the central bank.
Haji Gulistan, a local elder in Nimroz, said using Iranian currency was harmful for Afghanistan’s economy. “We live under the Afghanistan’s flag but our dealings are with Iranian currency.”
He urged the government to prevent further spread of the Iranian money to other provinces of Afghanistan.
Eng. Mohammad Sami, the newly-appointed Nimroz governor, said in order to resolve the problems they have appointed a new commission.
The governor promised to share the commission’s achievements with the media soon.
Major dealings like buying a house and a car take place through toman in the province which is harmful to the economy of the people and country in general.
It’s pertinent to mention the provinces bordering Pakistan use Pakistan rupees. Despite many measure the government has not succeeded to curb the issue.
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