Minister claims corruption in stipends to the disabled
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Labour and Social Affairs Minister Nasrin Oryakhel on Saturday said corruption was being committed in stipends to families of martyrs and people with disabilities.
Oryakhel, who arrived in eastern Nangarhar province, was addressing a gathering at the Governor’s House in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
She revealed a joint committee of ministries to be headed by the president was being formed to work for reducing the unemployment ratio and creating jobs.
“The ratio of joblessness is high in the country. Until the unemployment issue is not resolved, peace cannot come even if we establish another four defence ministries,” she remarked.
The Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled Ministry would run the joint committee’s secretariat, Oryakhel said, adding the proposed joint committee’s work policy was being mulled over.
About problems being faced by families of martyrs and the disabled, she said: “Budget for them is not insufficient, but some people have obtained cards in their name in the past. It means corruption is ongoing and we will stop it.”
“A large number of people are beggars and similarly widows and children work as hard labourers. Efforts are being made to find solution to these issues.”
Nangarhar governor Salim Khan Kunduzi urged the minister to resolve the same problems in Nangarhar.
He said the Nangarhar government faced problems like the increasing number of beggars, joblessness and resettlement of returning refugees and sought solution to them.
Dr. Nasir Kamawal, the provincial council deputy head, said all ministries, including the social affairs, gave insufficient funds to Nangarhar. He said the budget problem should be resolved because the population of Nangarhar had drastically increased.
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