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Land-grabbing, corruption key challenges: Anwar

Land-grabbing, corruption key challenges: Anwar

May 31, 2015 - 18:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Presenting his 100-day plan, justice minister on Sunday said usurpation of state-land was a major challenge being faced by the country amid endemic corruption and inclusive strategy was needed to tackle the issue.

Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar presented his 100-day plans in a press conference in four sections of legislative, legal services, administration and the children under detention.

Lack of facilities and shortage of professional staff, he said were main challenges the ministry faced. He said they were aiming to bring necessary reforms, introduce an effective legislative system and draft 20 laws in the first 100 days.

The draft laws, he added, would cover civil service employees, food safety, passports, regulation of postal services, consumer rights, protection of the rights of inventors and explorers, military educationinfo-icon institutions and human trafficking prevention.

Anwar added one of their programmes in the first 100 days included directly dealing with complaints and petitions of the visitors and end of each week to evaluate the activities of relevant departments.

Anwar expressed concerns about usurpation of government properties, saying: “Usurpation of government properties is a major challenge… we are committed to find solution to this problem in coordination with departments concerned.”

Giving permission to political parties and associations were responsibilities of the justice ministry and their activities would be thoroughly assessed.

Providing learning facilities and vocational training for children under detention, he said, was among their priority in Balkh, Nangarhar, Maidan Wardak and Khost detention centres.

He added in 25 provinces the justice ministry did not have any building for child detention and rehab centres and the children were being kept in rental buildings.

Justice minister said providing better services, required professional, educated and experienced staff. He added 56 per cent of the ministry’s employees were 12th class graduates at provincial and district level.

In the first 100-days, he said, they planned to hire 55 educated employees in Kabul and 70 more in provinces.


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