Labour Ministry trying to address joblessness: Oryakhel
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nasrin Oryakhel, the Labour, Social, Martyrs and Disabled Affairs Minister, on Wednesday said her ministry had launched efforts at addressing the issue of joblessness, which she called “a national dilemma.”
Speaking about her ministry’s past 11 months performance in Kabul, Oryakhel said it was not her ministry’s responsibility to create jobs.
She said her ministry had either reformed or created new at least 70 plans aimed at protecting rights of workers.
She said of Afghanistan’s 8.5 million workforce, 1.9 million were jobless and another 1.4 million had irregular jobs, citing figures from a survey conducted by a foreign organization in 2014.
“The labour ministry will soon have a joint meeting with sectorial ministries to determine how much work opportunities exist in Afghanistan. After that appointments will be made based on the agreed plans.”
She identified as real factors behind joblessness insecurity, the withdrawal of foreign forces, incorrect information about labour market, lack of skills, the lack of private sector’s investments and the growing population.
Oryakhel said a serious anti-corruption campaign had been launched in her ministry and pensioners would receive their stipends through bank. She said two policies had been finalized to fill vacancies in ministries. She put the number of pensioners at 90,000 in the labour ministry.
She said thousands of youth would be imparted technical trainings under memoranda of understanding with Imdad Basir Charity organization, UN Habitat, the Ministry of Interior and several other national and international organizations.
The minister said very soon a number of youth would be sent to Middle East and other countries for jobs under agreements with those countries.
She said her ministry had distributed 11,000 bags of flour to needy families, provided essential aid to another 13,000 destitute families, sent 160 children to orphanages and sent abroad for higher education 70 children, including 35 girls, from these orphanages.
“At the moment, 100,000 families of martyrs and more than 126,000 people with disabilities receive monthly stipends from the ministry,” Oryakhel said.
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