MoU on land plots distribution to repatriates signed
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on establishing infrastructures and provision of land plots to refugees returning to Afghanistan at the Barakyab Residential Township in central Parwan province was signed on Monday.
The MoU was signed at the Presidential Palace between Syed Hussain Alami Balkhi, the minister for refugees and repatriations, and the Capital Region Independent Development Authority director general, Eng. Ilham Umar Hotaki, in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani.
Hotaki said around 7,000 land plots had been earlier distributed in the Barakyab area among the returnees and another 13,000 plots were set to be provided to the repatriates based on an innovative procedure.
According to him, the Barakyab Township would have 10 primary schools, four high schools, a hospital, four clinics, kindergartens and a library.
Construction work on a refugees’ township in Kabul would be launched before winter, he said, adding work on 60 townships in different parts of the country remained half done because of their inappropriate locations, lack of infrastructure and basic services.
“Transferring, welcoming and reintegration of the repatriating Afghan refugees will be completed in three stages with support from the national and international organizations concerned and they will be resettled with dignity in homes specified for them.”
He said land would be distributed to the returnees and they would build homes on the land themselves.
Balkhi thanked President Ghani for his special attention to the refugees and displaced families and said 7.2 million Afghan refugees still lived in Pakistan, Iran, Europe and other countries.
He said based on the 104th presidential decree on proper implementation of resettlement of refugees in capital Kabul and provinces, a special committee would be established to distribute land plots and provide other needed facilities to them.
The minister said 27 provinces had government land which would be distributed to repatriates and in compliance with the Constitution and the president’s recent directives, the refugees could live in any province they wanted.
Balkhi expressed happiness over the launch of the township in Parwan and said it would resolve major problems of refugees like shelter. He said President Ghani had ordered serious steps to resolve the key issue.
Recently repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran has got momentum and at least 4,000 repatriates from Pakistan and 2,000 from Iran return to Afghanistan on a daily basis, the minister concluded.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.