Acting officials run 40pc of Herat public entities
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): More than 40 percent of government departments are being headed by acting officials in western Herat province, a public representative said on Tuesday, claiming people’s problems remained unaddressed.
The provincial council head, Kamran Alizai, told a press conference here that the unity government had been unable to replace the acting officials since coming into power one and a half years ago.
He said acting departmental heads could not resolve people’s problems and the residents of Herat wanted the government to resolve the issue forthwith.
Alizai said they had shared the issue of acting officials with the governor of Herat, where 30 government entities of the total 70 are administered by acting heads.
The residents also lashed out at the government for failing to replace acting officials, who they accused of trying to stay in offices but would not pay attention to people’s problems.
Syed Hussaini, a resident of Herat City, said “the government should take serious measures and replace the acting officials because people’s problems are increasing with each passing day and there is no one to resolve them.”
Another resident, Faiz Ahmad Alizai, said the best way to address people concerns was to appointment new eligible directors as soon as possible.
A resident of ninth municipal district, Latif Qazi Zadah, said “it is a serious issue that acting officials possess high government posts. Most of these go to Kabul to pave the ground for their stay on the posts.”
The administrative reforms department officials confirmed 30 government entities in Herat were being headed by acting leaders.
These departments include refugee and repatriation department, the transport, education, airport, treasury, urban development, Red Crescent Society, the land authority and the public health department.
In addition, other offices like census, central statistics, public libraries, petroleum, zonal hospitals and energy are being run by acting officials.
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