Land-grab incidents fuelling insecurity in Garmser: Governor
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The governor of southern Helmand province on Saturday claimed some people in Garamser district had grabbed government land, fuelling insecurity and related problems in the town.
“Let’s find a legitimate solution to the problem of land-grab cases, because it has spawned several other issues in the district,” Governor Mirza Khan Rahimi told a gathering here.
“If locals stopped seizing land, the government would lease it out to the people; otherwise individuals linked to land mafia would be punished. The government has launched a land reassessment process,” he said.
If the district people did not grow poppies, the government would implement many development projects in the town and would find market for the agriculture produce of the people, he promised.
District chief Ayub Omar Omari praised the people for cooperating with the government in maintaining security, saying they would not let anybody capture land or grow poppies. But the government should find work opportunities for Garmser residents.
Although the district shared a border with Pakistan, security of the district had been better due to cooperation from the locals with the government in maintaining security, sid a member of the provincial council, Baryalai Nazari.
“We don’t want small projects to be executed; the government should construct roads, irrigation systems and marketing facilities for our products,” demanded a tribal elder from the district, Bakht Meer.
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