Rampant corruption in Paktia irks residents: PC
KABUL (Pajhwok): People in southeastern Paktia province have complained they were facing with serious problems while doing their official work because government employees demanding bribe.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Paktia provincial council member Taj Mohammad Mangal said that despite efforts to bridge the gap between people and government, people were still facing problems to do their legal work without greasing the palm of government officers.
He said the provincial council efforts had removed anarchism and arbitrary actions in government offices to some extent.
“The government offices in the past did not respond to people’s problems, but the problem has now resolved to some extent,” he added.
Mangal said that district officers also did not attend their offices on time, leading residents of the district to face problems.
“Our efforts yielded fruits as most of the officers come to their offices on time and address people’s problems,” he said, adding that in the past people were waiting for months for a small issue.
The provincial council’s efforts brought positive changes regarding the reconstruction and security of the province, Mangal added.
Citing an example, he said: “We had meetings with civil society activists and other individuals about security that also led to president’s visit to Paktia province to assess the situation.”
The provincial council has also shared the problems of Paktia province with the officials in Kabul and they have promised to resolve them, he said. Hundreds of people daily refer to council for solution to their problems and the council members trying to settle them.
Paktia provincial council has 15 members including three women.
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