39pc of Afghanistan populations live under poverty line
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 39 percent of Afghanistan populations live under the poverty line --- nearly four up over last year’s figures, found a survey released on Sunday by the Central Statistics Organization (CSO).
More than 150,000 people were interviewed during the socio-economic and demographic survey in the beginning of 2014 in 34 provinces of the country.
The results of the survey were released during a press conference here. The interviewed were asked questions about their living conditions, education level, jobs, field of work, problems in work fields and others.
Acting CSO head Sher Mohammad Jamizada said the findings of the survey showed the poverty level had increased from 36 percent of the population to 39.1 percent.
He said joblessness was 39 percent but there was improvement in health and literacy indicators.
He called the survey as effective in knowing people’s economic, social and educational needs in different provinces, saying statistic were needed for a country’s development.
Samangan Governor Mohammad Hashim Zari told the press conference that population census in Samangan had been completed. He said females made 51 percent of the pollutions and most of the population comprised youth aged between 15 and 24 years old.
He said the literacy level of persons above 15 years of age in the province was more than 28 percent.
“People of Samangan are facing the shortage of drinking and irrigation water, a lack of paved roads and other development projects when compared to other provinces. We ask the government to pay more attention to our problems,” the governor said.
The first ever socio-economic and demographic survey was conducted four years ago by CSO in Bamyan. Currently, more provinces have also been surveyed with the help of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Similar surveys have been competed in Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, Ghor and Daikundi and it is underway in Balkh province.
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