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AISS survey reveals rampant corruption in govt depts.

AISS survey reveals rampant corruption in govt depts.

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Aug 24, 2015 - 19:53

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A fresh survey conducted by the Afghanistaninfo-icon Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) reveals rampant corruption in government departments.

The survey titled Corruption Mapping in Afghanistan has been conducted in 12 provinces. The interviewees were of the opinion that government departments were mired in corruption while private organisations, NGOs, and foreign forces followed suit.

In the survey, as many as 1,226 individuals from 12 provinces, including Kabulinfo-icon, Herat, Parwan, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Kunar, Kandahar, Jawzjan, Bamyan, Balkh, Badghis and Badakhshan were interviewed.

Hussein Ali Karimi, a researcher at AISS, told journalists in western Herat province, majority of those interviewed pointed fingers at elections commissions as the most corrupt organs.

He added governors, district chiefs, judicial organs and municipalities were other departments cited as most corrupt respectively.

“The participants in the survey said unemployment, insecurity, and graft were biggest challenges Afghanistan currently faced with,” he remarked. “The participants are aged between 20 – 29 who did not have a job or had private businesses.”

He said majority of those interviewed believed that government bureaucrats created trouble for people in order to extract bribes from them.

Corruption is considered one of the main challenges hampering Afghanistan’s progress.

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