Still 15,000 public sector vacancies remain unfilled, WJ told
KABUL (Pajhwok): Currently 15,000 vacancies are still vacant in government organizations while the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) had six months ago asked the government to hire eligible individuals to vacant posts.
The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) in Hamal month of the current solar year had said, 25,000 posts were vacant in various governmental organizations of which 50 percent were in the Ministry of Education.
The Ministry of Public Health having 2096 vacant positions stood at second place in this regard. The Wolesi Jirga, while considering unemployment of youth in Afghanistan a serious problem, had asked the government to appoint qualified people on these posts.
The lower house on Saturday summoned the ministers of labour, social affairs and martyres, education and public health and the head of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission to brief the house on vacant posts.
Nasreen Oryakhel, the labour, social affairs and martyres minister, acting ministers for education and public health and IARCSC’s acting chief appeared at today’s session.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi was in India for therapy of the difficult to treat disease (cancer) and Public Health Minister Dr. Ferozuddin had gone to one of Afghanistan’s provinces. These were the reason they couldn’t appeared before the session, he added.
Sayed Hamidullah, the acting education minister, told the session that this year more than 9,000 persons were employed on vacant posts.
Nearly 4,000 other posts remained vacant due to reasons including unavailability of eligible people, insecurity in provinces and not willing to perform duty in insecure areas, Hamidullah said, adding the vacancies had been announced for employment.
Ahmad Jan Naeem, the acting public health minister, on his part said of nearly 2,000 vacancies, 1,000 still remained vacant but had been announced.
Ahmad Masood Tawkhi, acting head for IARCSC, said of the total 25,700 vacancies reported six months back, 14,654 remained unoccupied as yet. The hiring process was underway, he added.
Nasreen Oryakhel said the existence of vacant positions was a common issue across the country because a number of employees went on retirement on monthly basis and filling in their positions needed time. Oryakhel said at least 116 vacancies, which have been announced, existed in his ministry.
Sending workers from Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia would soon be finalized during CEO Abdullah Abdullah visit to the kingdom, she added.
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