Amid growing unemployment, many posts vacant in Kandahar
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of posts in different government departments in southern Kandahar province have been vacant over the past several years as thousands of youth complain of growing joblessness.
The governor recently ordered all government organs to advertise the vacancies and fill them through open completion. Human Resource Director Javedullah Sultani, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said 911 posts had been filled in one year.
“We have announced 1,027 vacancies in 54 government departments, with 911 of them having been filled. But hundreds of positions are still lying vacant,” he admitted, promising merit in future recruitment.
The posts have been unfilled for the past four to five years, but the employment process has recently been accelerated. Sultani said educated people working for NGOs received high salaries until five years ago. Now they show no interest in working for the government.
Some tribal figures and public representatives were trying to have their blue-eyed individuals appointed to the positions, something that has led to differences. But such attempts had been discouraged by Dr. Hamayun Azizi, he added.
He added the employment process was fully transparent and was based on an impartial exam.
Each candidate was required to have a bachelor’s degree and work experience in the relevant field, Sultani stressed, saying exams were conducted by a monitoring committee to prevent corruption in the process.
The monitoring committee is comprised of representatives from the Kandahar University, Women Affairs Department, provincial council, administrative reform, human resource offices and civil society activists, he maintained.
During the Hamid Karzai presidency, unsuitable people were given jobs in insecure provinces, but the employment process under the current president has been reformed. A job-seeker must have a bachelor’s degree and work experience.
Most of posts are vacant in districts or departments that need professional workers, according to the official, who said many qualified individuals were unwilling to work in remote areas for low salaries.
“We prioritise women in the employment process in order to increase empower them economically. However, some cultural barriers and insecurity prevent them from working in government offices,” Sultani continued.
The Kandahar governor has ordered all posts be announced and filled on merit. Currently, 927 positions are vacant in the government departments but efforts are ongoing to fill them in the near future.
Samim Khpalwak, the governor’s spokesman, revealed the provincial administration had decided to fill all vacancies until the end of the current solar year through open merit.
Similarly, five slots in Haj and religious affairs department, 26 in agriculture and livestock, 12 in justice, 13 Kandahar University and five in the aviation department remain vacant.
Qudratullah, a resident of the 9th police district, claimed hundreds of government posts had been vacant while a large number of youth were tired of seeking jobs. A graduated from the Kandahar Education University, he said most of youth previously working with NGOs were currently jobless.
Hundreds of graduates from Kandahar universities could work in government departments, he believed, alleging those employed over the past 15 years did not possess the required qualifications or were appointed on the basis of favoritism and bribes.
He asked the Kandahar governor to remove unqualified people from their positions and replace them with professional and qualified individuals, who could better serve the masses.
“It is very painful when educated people suffer joblessness while the illiterate land cushy slots,” remarked Qudratullah.Most of uneducated government servants have having documents were appointed to various posts, he concluded.
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