MoI to take charge, manage wages of Afghan police
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Tuesday said the Afghans would soon take over administration of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) that bankrolls the salaries of Afghan police.
Ulumi, who signed a new agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on the nearly $500 million trust fund, said several capacity-building programmes for police had been planned and would be implemented over the next 18 months.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the minister said documents of the new agreement had been compiled during one month under observation of international donors and was inked between the ministries of interior, finance and LOTFA officials.
He said under the new agreement LOTFA was bound to fully cooperate in developing accountability system, enhancing cooperation among civil and military personnel, professionalising Afghan police and other affairs of the MoI.
He said implementing capacity-building programmes, developing human resources and information technology at the MoI would be other benefits of the agreement for Afghanistan.
“Tangible steps have been taken to improve transparency, governance, accountability in the ministry,” he said, adding 60 more positions in Kabul and provinces had been created and filled with approval from the president.
According to the MoI, LOTFA will scrutinise efficiency of development and funding from donor countries after every six months.
Such steps will help ensure transparency and effectiveness of the fund and its related activities.
Ulumi said corruption was Afghanistan’s enemy and implementation of such contracts would help ensure accountability and fair conduct of affairs in government institutions.
The UNDP chief welcomed the Afghan government’s decision to sign the agreement, saying it its implementation would strengthen accountability and transparency.
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