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New Nangarhar governor plans to restrict rupee

New Nangarhar governor plans to restrict rupee

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Jun 26, 2018 - 18:24

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The new governor of eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday said he was working on ‘a special plan’ to facilitate business deals in the afghani instead of the Pakistani rupee.

However, residents of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, members of the provincial council and experts were skeptical about the governor’s statement as they argued similar promises in the past could not be honored.

Nangarhar governor Hayatullah Hayat told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that his new plan was under work in a way not to harm public interest.

Hayat said he was serious about implementing his plan in Nangarhar, particularly in Jalalabad and he would ‘force’ people into doing all their businesses in the afghani.

He said his plan would help alleviate economic woes of poor people. “We will first push traders, businessmen and moneychangers to use Afghan currency in their deals, then we will encourage the general public to do so and work on a public awareness program,” he said.

He said the new campaign was different from previous such efforts because this time violators would be tried according to the law and no references would be accepted.

Meanwhile, Nangarhar residents, civil societyinfo-icon activists, provincial council members and analysts are somehow hopeful about the governor’s new plan but say they cannot trust until they see something practically done.

Dr. Najibullah Sahibzada, a civil society activist and analyst, told Pajhwok that it was responsibility of the provincial government to prevent Pakistani rupees from being used in transactions in Nangarhar.

“We request local leaders to prioritize promotion of the afghani in their programs after security, we hope officials concerned will take effective steps,” he added.

A provincial council member, Israrullah Murad, hailed the governor’s move but said serious action was needed for bringing tangible changes.

He said similar promises made in the past could not be implemented. “We don’t want promises, we want action.”

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