National Citizen Charter Program inaugurated
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 10-year Citizen Charter Program offering fundamental services to villages, towns and cities in all provinces of the country was inaugurated on Sunday.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who participated in the program’s inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Palace, said he was happy that the national unity government’s pledges were being given a practical shape.
He said the Citizen Charter program was part of the government’s commitments and the program would only succeed if the public cooperated in its implementation and transparency.
Abdullah said people’s cooperation in implementation of the program was vital. The international community is supporting the Afghan people through revenues they collect from own citizens, he added.
Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said the national Citizen Charter program’s inauguration came after hard efforts.
The program would cover all provinces in the next 10 years and one-third part of the provinces would be covered in the first phase, he said.
“Making localities and villages rich and self-sufficient through close relation between the people and the government and providing a trusted environment are primary goals of the government, the Citizen Charter program would help achieve these goals,” he said.
The Citizen Charter program is depended on people and budget for its implementation will be used by development councils, Hakimi said, adding the government was aware of all problems of people who should also cooperate with the government in identifying their problems.
He said budget for implementation of the program was estimated more than a billion US dollars of which $630 million to be used in the first four years had already been made available.
“The aim of the Citizen Charter program includes partnership between the government and the people, eliminating poverty, particularly to address economic problems of poor people, people with disabilities, widows, displaced families and refugees,” he said.
Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) acting head, Abdul Baqi Popal called the Citizen Charter program national and said the government was committed serving people. He also asked people to cooperate with the government.
More than 50,000 councils have been created for the program in cities alone, he said, adding the government must meet people’s needs through the program that would also connect villages with cities.
Rural Development and Rehabilitation Minister Nasir Ahmad Durani said the first job generating program of the government was inaugurated last year in November and the third phase of that program would begin in the next two weeks.
He hoped the Citizen Charter program would ensure balanced development, generate jobs, improve people’s lives and put an end to insecurity in the country.
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