72,000 projects executed via village councils in 10 years
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) executed more than 72,000 projects through community development councils across the country during the past 10 years, the minister said on Sunday.
Speaking at the 5th national two-day conference of development councils on village level, the MRRD, public works, public health, counter-narcotics, agriculture, women’s affairs and water and energy ministers highlighted the importance of activities of the development councils.
Over the past 10 years, up to 72,000 projects, including clean drinking water, roads, electricity, buildings for schools, clinics and others have been completed through nearly 35,000 councils, facilitating for 21 million people in villages, MRRD Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani said.
While quoting development council members, Durrani said they considered the projects as their own assets and protected them, but the government had been less attentive to transparency in the schemes.
Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zamir said Afghanistan annually imported food items costing nearly $4 billion, but they could make the country self-sufficient in cooperation with farmers and village councils.
“Throughout the history, local councils had served as the means of understanding and resolving problems and removing barriers in improving society,” remarked Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi said.
He added local councils and people’s participation could play a vital role in bringing about improvement to the education sector.
Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz said local councils had an important role in the fight against different diseases which took the lives of women and children across the country.
The public works minister said development councils were important for the maintenance of roads and the counter-narcotics minister said they could play a role in the anti-drug effort and social stability.
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