Sacked e-NIC workers demand jobs back
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former workers of the electronic National Identity Card (e-NIC) Department on Wednesday claimed they were being replaced by blue-eyed individuals, a claim officials rejected.
The department had held in abeyance jobs of 1,000 employees due to financial problems, but later removed them all on December 22, 2015 and promised to call back 400 of them.
The 400 sacked employees on Wednesday staged a protest in front of the Parliament building in Kabul, saying they would not allow the ID card project to be privatised. They chanted “we want jobs,” and “extend our contracts.”
One of the protestors, Halimi Babak, said officials of e-NIC Department wanted to intentionally sack some employees and gradually employ ones who served their interest.
Wolesi Jirga members Saleh Mohammad Saleh and Haji Mohammad Hashim visited the protesting people and assured them that their legal demands would be supported and the issue would be discussed in Wolesi Jirga’s general session.
Asadullah Azizi was among six protestors who met Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi and other members of the house.
“Ibrahimi told us he will discuss our problems with the president in near future,” Azizi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the speaker directed the internal security commission of the house to summon officials of the Ministry of Interior and the ID card department to explain the issue in presence of representatives of the protestors.
But e-NIC Department head Hamayun Muhtat said the 400 sacked officials would be reemployed.
“The Ministry of Finance has provided $4 million to the e-NIC Department only for salaries of the 400 employees,” he said, adding the employees would be hired after an exam.
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