Maimana municipality’s revenue has quadrupled: Mayor
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): The municipality of Maimana, the capital of northwestern Faryab province,collected more than 40 million afghanis in revenue this year, the mayor claimed on Monday.
The newly-appointed mayor, Eng. Ahmad Javid Kaiwan, told Pajhwok Afghan News that theirannual revenue had increased four times in 2016, comparedwith last year’s income.
He said the municipality had planned to implement important revenue-generating projects such as building a hotel, a market and recreation parks in the provincial capital.
Last year’s revenue of the municipality stood at 10 million afghanis, but the amount jumped to 40 million in 2016, he added, pledging to improve capacity of cleanliness teams and provide better services to residents.
Kaiwan said a small number of residents paid taxes in the past,resulting in lower revenuecollections. But now law-enforcement has improved and more people are paying taxes.
He promised the municipality would install a computerised revenue collection system that would lead to a significantboost in its income.
The mayor said all 57 vacancies at the department had been announced. Qualified candidates would be appointed through open merit, he assured. Recruitment on merit would help remove those appointed on the basis of nepotism.
He asked tribal elders and political parties not to interfere in the recruitment process and let the municipality appoint people on merit.
The mayor, 31 years, was appointed by President Ashraf Ghanitwo weeks ago after he passed an exam.
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