Nation be informed about govt’s gains: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, who marked his first anniversary in office on Tuesday, has directed the Council of Ministers to inform the nation about the national unity government’s one-year performance and achievements to win the trust of Afghans.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ghani chaired the Cabinet meeting on Monday, directing the ministers and relevant government departments to brief the people about the achievements the unity government had made during the first 100 days and accept problems in the current situation.
Ghani said the lack of information about development had made people think differently about the current administration.
This was because ministries and other government organs did not provide adequate information to the people, he said.
Ghani added the Cabinet members were responsible to inform people about the developments made during the past one year of the government with acceptance of problems.
He said during the next 100 days of the Cabinet, important issues including security, Cabinet’s contact with provinces, good governance, employment, economic issues and evaluating government enterprises and companies would be considered.
The statement said no government organ could sell a government land property without confirmation from the commission concerned.
The commission is formed of representatives of the ministries of finance and urban development and the Independent Directorate of Land with the Presidential palace responsible to identify government properties in Kabul and provinces.
President Ghani said the establishment of a constant and organised contact between the central and local governments was vital, saying holding a meeting after every six months between provincial governors and Cabinet members was part of the plan.
The half yearly meetings would discuss existing problems, share suggestions and find solutions, he explained.
He said the Cabinet members could contact local government officials through telecommunications, particularly video conferences and solve problems.
“It is important to have active governance on district level, therefore the Ministry of Finance should predict budget for district administrations in the coming fiscal year,” the statement quoted Ghani as saying.
The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) presented a proper mechanism to improve contact between central and provincial governments for addressing problems to the Cabinet and the National Security Council (NSC).
The mechanism provided by the IDLG was approved by the Cabinet and the NSC, the statement said.
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