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Ghani promises effective steps to address drought

Ghani promises effective steps to address drought

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Jul 27, 2018 - 12:21

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  President Ashraf Ghani has promised taking effective steps to deal with problems resulting from a drought in many provinces of the country.

At least 20 provinces have been affected in the north and west by the most severe drought in decades. Some of the worst provinces are Balkh, Ghorinfo-icon, Faryab, Badghis, Herat and Jawzjan.

At a meeting with Badghis provincial council members late on Thursday, the president vowed to make efforts over the next three months at dealing the challenges posed by the drought.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said the provincial council chief, Abdul Aziz Baig, highlighted the situation created by the drought and need for better healthinfo-icon facilities in the province.

He also referred to the problems being faced by war-displaced families and a shortage of trained teachers. He demanded work on reconstructioninfo-icon projects including the Qaisar-Laman be expedited.

Ghani responded due attention would be paid to the educationinfo-icon sector in Badghis in terms of recruiting trained teachers and construction of schools.

The president said resolving the drought problem was among his administration’s priorities. All-out efforts would be made in this area in the next three months.

Meanwhile, womeninfo-icon representatives also met the president in Qala-i-Naw. They sought a proactive role for women in government institutions, stressing the need for enhancing the number of female judges.

Ghani was urged to provide facilities for women traders in the province and increase seats for them in district councils. The women also called for more scholarships for girl students.

The president directed provincial authorities to draw up a list of educated and experienced women. Based on the list, a clear strategy will be devised to enhance the number of women workers in government organs.

At a separate meeting, district chiefs welcomed changes in military and civil institutions as a positive step. The performance of the organisations concerned was improving, they said.

Ghani said the government had prepared programmes to address the issue of drought. He emphasized on justice and transparency in delivery of assistance to affected families.  

The president believed the district chiefs could play a vital role in implementation of infrastructure projects, including roads. As a result of ongoing reforms, governance would improve considerably, he hoped.

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