Experts ask president to closely monitor India aid money spending
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts have termed India’s $1 billion aid to Afghanistan a positive step for the country’s economic, social and political development but demanded the president should monitor the implementation of the package in order to prevent any embezzlement.
A day earlier, Indian Prime Minister Modi during his meeting with President Ashraf Ghani pledged $1 billion for education, electricity, good governance and strengthening of democratic institutions in the war-torn country.
Prof. Abdul Qayum Arif, a lecturer in Economic Faculty at Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the India’s aid would help improve economic situation of the country and generate job opportunities for people if it used properly.
“There is no doubt about the honesty of president Ghani, I fully trust him as a dedicated and clean person, but there are people around him, particularly some ministers that cannot be trusted as good as he is,” he said.
He asked the president to take the management of the aid at his hands and closely oversee the implementation of projects and usage of budget.
“Pakistan is a competitor of India and the aid India donated to Afghanistan was aimed at to isolate Pakistan, it is natural that Islamabad would show a negative reaction and struggle for destabilizing Afghanistan, but the aid for our country is vital for us,” he added.
Humaira Haqmal, head of political science faculty of Mashal Private Higher Education Institute, had the same view. She further said, “Support of other countries is always based on their own national interests, but the positive effects of India’s aid to Afghanistan could not be overlooked,”
She said the president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) should make effective plans for the usage of the aid and prevent anomalies in its utilization. Proper usage of the donation would pave the ground for more support to Afghanistan, she said.
Haqmal expressed concern if the aid not used properly or embezzled by some senior government officials, it would not bring any positive effects to the country.
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