For Kapisa youth, no scheme initiated in past 15 years
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): The youth of central Kapisa province have hit out at the government for failing to execute development schemes for them since the ouster of the Taliban regime 15 years ago.
They complain the government and its international partners have done nothing to ameliorate their lot. Zabihullah Mohammadi, a journalist and civil society activist, said after the fall of Taliban regime people had a lot of expectations.
Many people hoped drastic changes would come to their livesafter Taliban’s fall in 2001, but such expectations were still a distant dream, he told Pajhwok Afghan News. No development programme has been initiated in the province to address grievances of youngsters.
“Show me a single youth-related scheme in the province. There is no job-generating project for the unemployed,” he said, adding the government had only provided opportunitiesof education, whose quality was low.
Mohammadi said due to the negligence of the government, many youth had joined Taliban’s ranks or had gone to Iran for work.They returnedas drug addicts from that country, he added.
A university student, who did not want to be named, said the government and global community had been raising catchy slogans. But they had done nothing practically for youth’s welfare, he alleged.They duped the youth, claimed the graduate from Al Beruni University.
Allauddin, a resident of Tagab district, said: “We have been hearingon radio and television that uplift projects have been launched for youth. But in reality, announcements are mere eyewash.”
He grumbled hundreds of youth graduating from universities every year searched for jobs here and there but failedand left for Iran, where they get addicted to drugs. Billions of dollars had poured into Afghanistan, but no long-term project had been launched to create jobs, he maintained.
Jawad, hailing from AlaSai district, also lamented the situationof youth was deteriorating with each passing day in terms of employment and education opportunities. “Five youngsters of my family, aftergraduating from school, went to Iran for work.”
On the other hand, civil society activist Hashmatullah Sapi said some institutions worked for youth. “We have few groups of youth in Kapisa working for promoting education, sports and solidarity.” He claimed they were trying to help youth with school and universityadmissions by providing them scholarships.
Public Health Director Dr. Mirza Mohammad Raja confirmed due to unemployment some youth had become addicted to drugs. “We have rehabilitation facilities for youth in the provincial capital. They tell us storiesand explain why they consume drugs. Unemployment is one of the reasons.”
Qais Qadir, the governor’s spokesman, admitted effective programmes could not be executed for youth’s prosperity. But the projectsfunded by the central government had also been implemented in Kapisa, he explained.
He said the provincial government was striving to provide opportunities for youth in areas of sport, education, public awareness and other programmes.
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