Govt fails to prioritise anti-graft struggle: MEC
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Thursday said the unity government was yet to include the anti-corruption struggle in its priorities.
At a press conference here, MEC head Rashid Behroz said they had submitted many recommendations to the unity government, but they were not incorporated in the 100-day action plans of ministries and independent government institutions.
The 100-day action plan programme was initiated by President Ashraf Ghani on May 26 last year, asking all ministers and heads of independent government institutions to present their programmes and plants to the people.
However, Behroz said some ministries and independent departments had included the anti-corruption effort in their work plants, which were either incomplete, unachievable or non-implementable.
“Out of 25 ministries and independent departments, only 18 ministries and four departments have presented their 100-day plans while the rest of ministries have refused doing so,” he said.
“The unity government should act in accordance with the promises it made in the London Conference about anti-corruption struggle,” he said.
Another member of the committee, Yama Torabi said: “We have sent 380 recommendations to government entities after the committee commenced its job, but only 128 of them have been implemented.”
“We are happy over some ant-corruption steps the government has taken, but as a whole the unity government could not fight the menace as they promised at the London Conference,” he said.
Another member of the committee, Drago Kos, said corruption in government offices affected people who were not ready to share their problems with the government.
“There were some opportunities for anti-corruption struggle, but the unity government lost them, so urgent steps should be taken to keep the promises,” he said.
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