Public reps, activists decry Paktia govt’s performance
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Provincial Council (PC) members and civil society activists in southeastern Paktia province on Friday criticised the performance of the provincial government, calling the administration’s 100-day action plans as “symbolic.”
PC secretary Mohammad Rahman Qadari told reporters in Gardez, the provincial capital, that the new leadership of the provincial administration had pledged reforms and eliminating corruption, but it was yet to deliver on its pledges.
He said the Paktia government’s 100-day action plan was symbolic as youth of the province remained jobless.
He asked the central government to send a delegation to Paktia to assess the overall situation of the province and find solutions to problems here.
Civil society activist Syed Jamal Asifkhel said no mega or small project had been completed in the province this year. Work on Machlgh dam, Gardez-Patan road and other projects had been stopped, he added.
He claimed large-scale corruption was taking place in contracts for development schemes on the provincial level because a handful of individuals had monopoly over the process. He warned of launching protests if the current situation continued.
But the governor’s spokesman, Naqib Ahmad Atal, rejected their claims, saying the provincial government had some achievements in the past few months.
He said as many as 200 new people had been employed in different government institutions and dozens of officials had been fired over corruption charges and referred to attorney’s office.
He said the provincial administration’s job was to work out the 100-day plan and key decisions in this regard came from the central government.
Atal, however, acknowledged the existence of some issues, saying all issues could not be resolved at once.
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