Jobs, projects at district level to check urbanization: Massoud
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special envoy for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Monday said the huge influx of villagers to cities would reduce if employment opportunities were created and major economic projects executed at district level.
Massoud was addressing the ‘National Mayors’ Conference’ on its second day here. He said there was abundant capital available in big cities and it was up to mayors how to take advantage from the potential by offering good services.
He told the mayors: “You make efforts at bringing about positive changes to all aspects of people’s lives and it is important for a mayor to create urban infrastructures at provincial and district levels including sewerage, drainage systems, footpaths, clean environment, recreational parks and roads linking villages to cities.”
About the increase in migration of villagers to major cities, he said if business centres were established at district level, it would create jobs and pave the way for economic projects’ implementation and as a result people in towns would not move to cities.
The mayors’ law was being finalized, Massoud said, adding the law would give mayors the opportunity to be financially independent and have a strong technical team.
He said the law would enable mayors to narrow the gap between cities and villages and ensure services provided in cities also existed in villages.
Abdul Baqi Poplazai, Independent Directorate of Local Governance head, said previously most mayors were high school graduates but currently 90 percent of them had bachelor’s or master’s degrees, which itself was a positive change.
The IDLG head said Lashkargah and Kandahar mayors had readied their strategic plans and asked other mayors to prepare and submit their plans as well.
Amruddin Salik, deputy construction affairs head at the Ministry of Urban Development, said many challenges existed in the way of mayors and efforts needed to eliminate such hurdles.
He said mayors and his ministry officials needed a reliable environment to commit themselves to execution of their work.
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