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Logar residents irked by fewer development projects

Logar residents irked by fewer development projects

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Aug 06, 2018 - 13:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Resident of central Logar province grumble about fewer development projects but the rural rehabilitation and development minister says more funds have been set aside for the purpose than last year.

About 200 inhabitants of Logar met Deputy Chairman of Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon Mohammad Asif Siddiqui and Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Mujeeb Rahman Karimi in Kabul on Sunday.

Abdul Rahman, one of the participants speaking on behalf of Logar dwellers, said inadequate funds had been allocated over the past 17 years for development schemes, whose quality had not been up to the mark.

The projects implemented were of poor quality, he complained. “The provincial administration doesn’t work satisfactorily and we urge the government to end the culture of inefficiency,” he said.

Abdul Basir, another resident, said: “People of Logar need construction of canals, roads, retaining walls and dams. The government should pay serious heed to our demands.”

He explained Logar being an agricultural province exported its produce to Pakistaninfo-icon. Though the president of the country also hailed from Logar, yet problems of its residents lingered on, he lamented.

Other participants held similar views. Mohammad Asif Siddiqui, a representative of Logar inhabitants, promised the electricity problem would be resolved soon.

He said the council of ministers was trying to devote a greater budget to Logar. He also hit out at the low quality of projects implemented in the province and promised resolving the problem.

Minister Mujeeb Rahman Karimi said $31 million had been allocated in 2018 for development projects in the province, compared with $2.4 last year.

He added assured the provincial budget for the ongoing year was being spent on 95 projects, including roads, irrigation system, retaining walls, waterheads and bridges. Seven of the schemes have been and work on the rest is underway.

“People should be responsible for the better implementation and protection of uplift projects. When a project is executed in an area, it belongs to residents,” he remarked. “But people don’t cooperate with us properly.

“The complaints aren’t related my ministry and assessment by development councils is no insult to the people,” he said.

He urged residents to approach judicial organs to scrutinise the number of development councils and identify the ghost committees.

The minister said his doors remained open for the public to come and share with his ministry any complaints regarding corruption and injustice.

sa/mud

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