Sar-i-Pul PC performance draws mixed reaction
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): The residents of northern Sar-i-Pul province expressed a mixed reaction over the performance of the provincial council and stressed the council should be bound to focus more on solution to public grievances.
After the announcement of provincial council results, the parliament passed a bill barring councils from overseeing local departments, only giving them an advisory role.
All councils across the country went on strike that lasted 45 days, resuming their work only after a presidential decree restored their oversight right.
Mohammad Noor Rahmani (PC head), Haji Assadullah Danish (deputy head), Masooma Ramzani (secretary), Mohammad Asif Sadeqi, Asadullah Khurram, Noor Agha Noori, Salahuddin Charikzada, Mohammad Hussain Mujahidzada, Enayatullah Malem, Sayed Reza Alemzada, Mohammad Hanif Amini, Masoma Shadab, Malika Azizi, Mohammad Ali Hakimi and Noor Mohammad Baig are among members of Sar-i-Pul provincial council.
Some residents believed the council comprising of more youth could transform their lives but they were disappointed instead.
Mohammad Mohsin Joya, a resident of Sari-i-Pul, told Pajhwok Afghan News many people were optimist in the beginning after many youths managed to secure seats for themselves in the elections. “We thought these people would listen to our grievances but this did not happen.”
For instance, he said, people expected the council to adopt measures in order to increase employment in the province which did not take place. He claimed the previous council was more effective than present one.
Mohammad Ali Qurbani, a civil society activist, expressed dissatisfaction with the council’s performance. “We expected the council to exert pressure on local government for ensuring security.”
“If I talk about the performance of the council, they haven’t done anything noteworthy,” he remarked.
Some, however, noted the issues about the oversight rights were the main reasons for slow work of the council.
Nasir Keshawarz, a resident of Rahmat Abad locality, expressed optimism from now on the council could render better services to the residents. “Unfortunately local officials don’t consult the council members on any issues.”
Abdul Basir Parwana, an employee at justice department, said the council started its work with enthusiasm. “But they got affected from the government which dissuaded them from work. I hope they speed their work in the future.”
Sayed Assadullah Danish, deputy head of provincial council, said retaining their oversight right was a major achievement.
“We always consult people in different districts on issues in order to resolve their problems,” he said, adding security was their top priority and they held regular meetings with security officials.
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