25,000 govt posts lying vacant, Wolesi Jirga told
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday said some 50,000 government posts were lying vacant while most of the Afghan youth were jobless, but government officials put the number of vacant posts at only 25,000.
The Wolesi Jirga summoned Labor and Social Affairs Minister Nasrin Oryakhil and Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) head Ahmad Massod Tokhi to brief the house about vacant government posts and what the government was doing to overcome joblessness in the country.
A number of lawmakers said some 50,000 government posts were lying vacant while a large number of people despite holding higher education degrees remained jobless and migrating illegally to foreign countries.
However, Tokhi said 25,584 government vacancies were yet to be filled in 47 departments in all 34 provinces.
He said he could not say how many posts were lying vacant in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, municipalities, the Supreme Court, the Administrative Office and the Council of Ministers because these institutions were not under the IARCSC framework.
He added the Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Counternarcotics, the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC) and the Meshrano Jirga secretariat had the least vacant posts.
He urged all government departments to fill vacancies through an open competition.
Tokhi promised not to allow anyone in future to hire individuals not fit for government posts. In the past, he said applicants would get jobs on posts different from their profession and that resulted in weak performance.
Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir said it remained unclear how many vacant posts were available in government offices.
He said the Afghan youth would not leave their country if vacant posts were announced and filled through an open and transparent competition.
Qadir asked all government officials to announce the vacancies and help jobless youth who everyday approached different departments seeking jobs.
Nasrin Oryakhil told the house: “All posts of my ministry have already been announced. You could not find even a single post lying vacant in the ministry.”
But the ICOIC head said 116 posts were lying vacant in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
However, Oryakhil said around 150,000 Afghan youth had received training in different skills in the country during the past few years.
But their education could not earn them jobs in foreign countries, which was a big problem for professionals traveling abroad for work, she said.
She said her ministry had the plan to train 15,000 professionals and issue them credible documents that would help them find jobs abroad.
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