Nawa district residents demand uplift projects
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The security situation in Nawa district of southern Helmand province is comparatively better, but no development projects could be executed in the district, people said on Wednesday.
Tribal elders and ordinary people have been assisting Afghan security forces in maintaining security in the district over the past six years, a member of a community council, Amanullah Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said people faced several problems due to no development works like roads, water canals and others.
Residents cooperated with security forces in maintaining security, but they remained deprived of their rights, a tribal elder of the district, Hajji Mohammad Ikhlas, said, adding some powerful men had grabbed lands and had handed them over to militants.
Another member of community council, Hajji Habibullah, said the people of the district had stopped cultivating poppy crops over the past few years.
He said people in other districts used to grow poppy with their land even in areas under government control.
Similarly, the administrative head of the town, Agha Mohammad Takra, said local residents had been helping in security of the district, but development schemes implemented in the district were not enough and more projects should be implemented.
Meanwhile, Helmand governor Mirza Khan Rahimi said they had prepared plans for carrying out developmental activities in areas of roads, health, education, water supply and others which would be implemented gradually.
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