Development projects hamstrung by insecurity: Minister
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly 10,000 development projects, costing $230 million, have been implemented over the past nine months across the country, Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Naseer Ahmad Durrani said on Tuesday.
While presenting a nine months report at a meeting, he said that millions of people benefited from nearly 10,000 uplift schemes, which provided work opportunities for thousands of individuals in different parts of the country.
The schemes included almost 2600 water supply and healthcare projects, more than 2300 irrigation plans, 3,000 transportation and 1000 community development centres and 400 power supply initiatives.
As many as 300 educational and 16 livelihood schemes, as well as government buildings, were among the projects. He said of the$389 million development budget, the ministry had spent 60 percent ($232 million) on implementation of the schemes.
Implementation of some other projects had been halted due to insecurity in several parts of the country, he said, adding militant-linked violence was having a negative impact on the uplift effort.
$110 million contracts for 3,800 welfare schemes, including 900 water supply and healthcare projects, irrigation, transport, community centres, power, education and capacity development and agriculture plans, were signed this year.
For combating corruption, a public relations department had been set up in the ministry, he said. For transparency purposes, the attendance system has been computerised the contracts are publicised at ministry website.
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