Helmand special persons demand due rights
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Scores of family members of martyred and other disabled persons in southern Helmand held a rally on Sunday, demanding their due rights.
Ghulam Ali, a protester, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had not received pensions of his slain sons. “I have the responsibility to feed my grandsons of my slain children since their pension has been ceased for the last one year.”
The Directorate of Martyr, Disabled, Labour and Social Affairs (MDLSA) should pay the amount on time to the families to minimize their miseries, he added.
Bibi Gul, another protester, said: “My son was in police when he was killed and left ten children behind. I don’t know the reason of delaying the pension of my slain son.”
She accused the MDLSA for not issuing pension on time to the families who sacrificed their lives for the motherland.
Asadullah who lost his arm in fighting said that “all other departments perform their duties efficiently except MDLSA.” He blamed the staff of MDLSA for asking favors and bribes for releasing pensions of slain people.
Mohammad Nader Watanwal, director of MDLSA, said he distributed all the amount and charity among deserving families. MDSL received 125 million Afghanis for three months but only half of the amount had been received in last six months, he explained the reason of delaying the pension.
“Poverty and joblessness have been increased therefore the families of disabled and martyrs could not wait for their turn but start complaining,” he said.
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