Nuristan needs special uplift package, says governor
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The acting governor on Monday asked the Parliament to pay proper attention to the development of eastern Nuristan province while approving upcoming annual budget.
Hafiz Abdul Qayyum told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that the condition of all roads in the province was terrible and still most of the areas remained disconnected from Paroon, the provincial capital.
The acting governor, who recently arrived in Nuristan from Kabul, said he had important meetings with officials of some ministries and informed them about serious problems the people of the mountainous province faced.
“Survey, designs and other pre-construction formalities to reconstruct some roads have been completed, but graveling and asphalting work on them could not be launched due to a non-serious attitude of the Ministry of Public Works.”
According to the top provincial official, budget had been approved for roads’ construction in Waigal, Barg-i-Matal, and Kamdesh districts but practical work could not be kicked off as yet.
He added the parliament should increase development budget for Nuristan to help reconstruct its dilapidated roads.
The Ministry of Finance annually presents above 400 million afghanis budget to the parliament for approval and lawmakers approve or reject the draft budget with recommendations.
Nuristan Provincial Council chief Eng. Saadullah Painda also demanded immediate reconstruction work on the road connecting Paroon with Kunar province.
He said the road had been in a rundown condition since long and the residents faced multiple problems as a result.
He said the lack of transportation facilities had resulted in increased prices of essential daily-use commodities and an acute shortage of food in Nuristan.
Hanifullah, a resident of Nuristan, asked the central government to construct road networks in the province on permanent basis.
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