Corruption in Balkh revenue offices alleged
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Anti-corruption officials in the northern zone of the country have alleged massive corruption in the revenue offices of Balkh province.
The High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) head for Balkh province began the process of registering assets of second category government officers.
Speaking on the occasion, HOOAC Director Abdur Rashid Alami said the aim of the asset registration drive was to prevent graft in government departments.
He recalled a similar exercise conducted three years ago had failed due to lack of support from government officials. But this time around, he said, provincial authorities had promised to fully support the campaign.
He accused some Balkh departments, including customs offices and the municipality department, of being involved in corruption.
Government servants will have to fill out forms detailing their particulars, job descriptions and assets. The exercise will enable the HOOAC to ascertain their properties.
Provincial Council Chairman Mohammad Ibrahim Khairandesh called the HOOAC drive as a good step toward countering graft, but questioned the performance of the anti-corruption office in Balkh.
He claimed the HOOAC had done nothing to eliminate corruption in the past. But he hoped for the success of the current drive. He alleged senior officials were trying to prevent the provincial council from overseeing their performance.
Munir Farhad, spokesman for the acting governor, did not deny corruption, but rejected allegations of the HOOAC director. He said government officials had supported the asset registration process three years ago.
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