CAE revival may be a shot in the arm for Helmand’s economy
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Officials of the Chah Anjir Enterprise (CAE) in southern Helmand province have asked the government to help reactivate the firm for speedy development in the construction projects of the country.
The CAE was established by the American company Morrison in the Chah Anjir locality of Nad Ali district a decade ago. But due to the conflict, most of its equipment and assets have vanished into the proverbial thin air.
Before running into crisis, the enterprise was capable of providing services for the construction of dams, canals, roads, streams, apartments and auto parts.
He believed: “CAE could have been transformed into a grand construction company.But some officials and powerful individuals plundered its resources and sold them in the form of scrap to neighboring countries including Iran and Pakistan.”
According to Shah Wali, foreigners had established a base there six years back.As a result, he claimed, the remaining resources and tools of the enterprise were also squandered.
He recalled as many as 15,000 individuals used to work at the factory that executed different development projects in the provinces. Currently, 103 individuals are working for CAE.
Of the 37,000 spare parts it had, 18,000 are left. But they were also rusted because of sheer neglect, the official lamented, making a strong pitch for the company’s rehabilitation.
Technical officer Ghulam Mohammad said CAE was the only state-run organisation that provided hundreds of jobs for professionals from different parts of the country.
He hoped the rehabilitation of the enterprise would go a long way in Afghanistan’s economic self-reliance. He appealed to the government to take urgent steps toward making the enterprise functional.
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