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Ignored for years, Gilan residents seek basic services

Ignored for years, Gilan residents seek basic services

Jul 08, 2016 - 11:53

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents and officials say no development schemes have been implemented in recent years in the Gilan district of southern Ghazni province.

During an exclusive interview, the district chief, Abdul Karim Tarakai, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had paid little attention to educationinfo-icon, healthinfo-icon, agricultureinfo-icon and governance issues.

“I was appointed as district chief six months ago. I saw there were only three employees on duty while the rest drew salaries without visiting offices,” he recalled.

Over the past 15 years, Tarakai claimed, inhabitants had not been provided with any assistance from the government. Consequently, their economic situation is not stable.

Without naming anyone, he said: “Assistanceto district residents has reached the province, but some elements will distribute it to their blue-eyed people, not to the needy.”

Previously, the authorities would make excusesfor their failure to deliver aid to Gilan inhabitants, he charged. Insecurity came in as a handy excuse, but now the situation is satisfactory.

There is full coordination among Afghan security personnel in the district, whose residents also cooperate with them in maintaining peace and stability, the district chief continued.

There is not even a single lady doctor in the entire district, where patients often die on their way to the main provincial hospital, according to the official, who said the issue had been shared with Ghazni officials.

A tribal elder from the area, Haji Allah Noor, complained Gilan had no hospital, schools or work opportunities for the people to earn livelihoods.

He accused officials of not giving themthe assistance provided by the central government. He alleged the officials \would distribute the aid among themselves.

As the security issuehad been mitigated, any kind of development or reconstructioninfo-icon project could be executed in Gilan, believed the district police chief, Col. Lothfullah Kamran.

“At the moment, we have no major security concerns. If the government wants, it can enforce developments schemes in the town,” he said.

Ghazni Governor Mohammad AmanHamim said he had already shared the issues of Ghazni City and districts with the central government, which had pledged resolving the problems.

Gilan is one of the remote districts of Ghazni, where only two teachers have been imparting education to hundreds of students.



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