‘Emergency aid never reached needy Paktika families’
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Some residents say relief goods for families affected by natural disasters in southeastern Paktika are always distributed by tribal elders and government officials among themselves.
But provincial natural disaster management department officials say they have adopted measures to ensure transparency in distribution of aid during emergency situations.
Adam Khan Watandost, a resident of Janikhel district, told Pajhwok Afghan News relief goods for affected families had never reached the deserving families and had always been taken home by tribal elders and those having connections with government officials.
“The government gives away relief goods to tribal elders for distribution but they distribute the goods to their own relatives and as a result, the deserving families are left in the lurch,” he claimed.
Jalaluddin, a resident of Sharana, the provincial capital, also said relief goods rarely reached families in need. He said the authorities concerned should make it sure the goods reached the affected families.
Paktika natural disasters management authority chief Abdul Hadi Hadi told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had in hand food items enough for 700 families during emergency situations and non-food items for 500 families.
“If a natural calamity occurs in any district, we are prepared to timely assist the affected families,” he said.
He said some time ago flash floods caused financial losses to families in Janikhel and Yousafkhel districts and a survey to identify affected families had been completed. The affected families would be soon delivered food and non-food items, he said.
The official promised they would make every effort to ensure that the relief goods were delivered to the deserving families in future. “Next time, I will distribute relief goods with my own hands to deserving families if the need arises,” he said.
Paktika, one of Afghanistan remote and backward provinces, is prone to floods and earthquakes.
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