74 projects benefitting 140,000 being launched
KABUL (Pajhwok): Contracts for 74 welfare projects benefiting more than 140,000 people in 18 provinces were signed on Saturday between the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry (MRRD) and development councils from provinces in capital Kabul.
The projects included the construction of retaining walls, irrigation canals, water dams, roads and bridges, said MRRD Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani after signing the contracts.
Durrani said the projects would be launched soon and would take almost one year to complete. More than 140,000 people would benefit, he said.
He said the 230 million afghanis worth projects would be implemented in Kabul, Balkh, Samangan, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Panjsher, Ghor, Bamyan, Laghman, Takhar, Logar, Paktia, Jawzjah, Kunar, Nuristan, Maidan Wardak, Daikundi and Sar-i-Pul provinces.
Of the 74 schemes, 67 would be financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the rest by others and would be implemented by the Afghan government, the minister said.
He said the projects would generate jobs for more than 80,000 people. The minister said his ministry had spent this year $270 million from its annual $389 million development budget.
Durrani said it was being considered to launch the National Employment Program for Peace (NEPP) in Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Baghlan, Kunduz, Balkh, Faryab, Jawzjan, Khost, Kandahar, Herat and Farah provinces in the near future.
The minister said 430 university graduates had been newly employed to meet provincial development council, district chiefs as well as local residents about the projects’ implementations in the mentioned provinces.
Over the past 10 years, the MRRD says more than 72,000 welfare projects have been completed through provincial development councils across the country.
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