Logar districts without census offices; residents in trouble
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): There are no census offices in Kharwar and Charkh districts of central Logar province, residents said on Monday, complaining they faced problems in getting identity cards.
They have to cover long distances going to Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, to apply for the cards, said Abdul Qayyum, a resident of the Panjpay area of Kharwar district.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I have come to the Pul-I-Alam to apply for my identity card. The government should not ignore us. Most of the people can’t simply get their identity cards in the absence of local census offices.”
Majority of Kharwar residents were poor people who could not afford to pay transport faresto Pul-I-Alam, Qayyum observed, calling for reopening the census office in his native town.
“A person coming to Pul-i-Alam has to spend at least 3,000 afghanis in hotel and travel expenses. The residents of Kharwar cannot afford to pay this much money,” Qayyum continued.
Ahmad Shabbir, who belongs to the Bahadarkhel area of the district, said that he spent two nights in Pul-I-Alam city for taking his ID card.
“Three members of my family and I have come here to receive our cards. The road from our district to Pul-I-Alam is in bad condition, each of us paid 250 afghanis in fare. So far I have spent 7,000 afghanis,” he said.Kharwar people have to travel 50 kilometres to get their ID cards.
A resident of the Pangram area of Charkh district, Syed Baryalai, said the census office in the district had also been closed. The residents are left with no option but to visit Pul-I-Alam to get their identity cards.
“It is difficult for women, children and poor people travelling that long distance, because each one has to spend at least three days in the city to get one’s card,” he said.
About the process of ID cards issuance, he said: “You have to appeal to the governor’s house. The next day, you should take the appeal to the district to get it signed by local tribal elders.
“The same day, you should come back to governor’s house to verify your age before you are issued with an ID card,” he said, echoing the views of other residents.
Khalilullah Kamal, another resident of Charkh, said the census office in the district had been shut as a result of insecurity. For the district inhabitants, a special census office has been opened in Pul-I-Alam.
Around four yearsago, the census office director for Charkh district was shot dead by the Taliban, Kamal recalled, saying no one was ready to hold this office after the incident. Residents have to travel to Pul-I-Alam to get their ID cards.
Salim Saleh, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the closure of census offices in the two districts for security reasons.Efforts were underway to reopen the offices, he said.
Both districts in throes of an unrelenting Taliban insurgency, Kharwar is located 50 kilometres and Charkh 30 kilometres from the provincial capital.
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