Every official to be held liable: Khost governor
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The governor of southeastern Khost on Saturday said he was committed to ensuring good governance, social justice and combating administrative corruption and elements encroaching on public land.
Hakim Khan Habibi was talking to Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview about a month after he took charge as Khost governor.
Achieving these goals needed conducive and secure environment and coordination among security organs could improve the security situation, he said. “As the governor, it will be my top priority to enhance coordination among security organs.”
Cooperation with security forces by religious leaders, tribal elders, civil society activists and the youth was crucial, he insisted. “We want all sections of the society to remain cooperative with the civil and military departments.”
In order the provincial departments serve the people in an effective way and win their trust, a plan was being worked out, the governor revealed.
“For increased people’s trust in the government, every official from a high-ranking to a low-ranking has to be held accountable.”
The governor said he had included the recovery of grabbed public land in his first 100-day action plan. “All those government and township plots which are illegally grabbed will be freed from the encroachers with the help of security forces.”
He called as a key challenge to the rule of law the existence of unregistered vehicles and motorcycles and targeted killings.
On administrative graft, the governor said the menace would be discouraged with implementation of reforms through an exclusive mechanism.
But he said making people’s minds to discourage bribes could play a key role and he would hold special meetings with civil society activists and media representatives in this regard.
“Currently a number of important departments are being run by acting heads. Similarly many key posts remain vacant, which all have negative impact on good governance and services.”
The governor said to fill the vacant government posts and bring reforms, young and energetic individuals would be appointed.
“We also have the plan to announce an exclusive telephone number so that people’s legitimate demands, proposals and criticism could be shared with the authorities concerned.”
Under a special mechanism, the governor said, the provincial judicial and justice, security organs and all the civil departments would present their monthly performance reports.
Though all the mentioned tasks seem problematic to some extent, the governor said he had been assured complete support and cooperation by the central government.
“On the back of deep and improved ties with the central government, support of the president and the chief executive officer, I will do effective work for the development and prosperity of Khost province.”
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