‘Operations to follow reforms in Nangarhar’
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The provincial administration has decided to bring about drastic reforms in district government departments in eastern Nangarhar province, pending ongoing security operations, officials say.
Administrative corruption, nepotism, delays in delivery of services and prolonged stay in offices by officials are problems plaguing local governance.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Fazl Ahmad Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News a decision had been reached with the provincial governor that reforms would be introduced in district offices. He said the decision came at a security meeting presided over by the governor.
“According to the decision, reforms will be introduced on district levels following security operations. It seems that officials who had problems in their affairs will be sacked or replaced,” he elaborated.
However, he did not say when the reforms would be initiated. Operations are underway in various areas and it is unclear if these operations are part of the proposed reforms.
The governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, also confirmed problems in local governance. “On district level, problems exist in governance. The governor has recommended reforms in meetings with security departments.”
Meanwhile, the provincial council deputy head, Dr. Nasir Kamawal, said: “We have many problems in area of local governance including corruption and delays in delivery of services.”
Kamawal said they had shared such problems with the authorities concerned, but reforms were yet to be introduced.
To a question he said: “The problems include prolonged stay in office by a number of officials, the lack of interest to resolve people’s problems, which force them to approach Taliban.”
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