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15 Paktia departments operate in rented buildings

15 Paktia departments operate in rented buildings

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Apr 02, 2019 - 17:19

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Fifteen government departments and administrations in southeastern Paktia province have been lacking buildings of their own and are being operated in rented houses and markets, officials and residents said on Tuesday.

These departments include migrationinfo-icon, public works, transport, mining and petroleum, foreign affairs, water and energy and the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) local office, the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil services local commission, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Cricket Board (ACB) local office, football federation, environmentinfo-icon protection, passport department, Population  Registration Department (PRD) and three police districts.

Abdul Malik Zazai, the provincial council head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that each government office should have its own building for running its official affairs.

Zazai said most of the districts in Paktia lacked buildings for both military and civil departments, which he said had a negative impact on good governance.

He said, “Each public entity that is operating here should have a specific place of its own to provide services to people. If government departments don’t have places for themselves, how they would solve people’s issues.”

Sayed Jamaluddin Asifkhel, the Loya Paktia cultural center’ head, termed the issue as shameful and said it resulted from negligence of former officials.

He said the lack of buildings of government entities had concerned people who had to transfer documents from one office to another.

Asifkhel added, “Important administrations of the province are supposed to offer good services to people but unfortunately they lack buildings of their own and are operated in rented markets in Gardez city, the provincial capital.”

Obaidullah Marhoni, the migration department director, also confirmed the issue and termed it as huge hurdle in effectively addressing people’s affairs.

Meanwhile, Abdullah Hasrat, the governor’s spokesman, acknowledged the lack of government buildings had a negative impact on good governance, but said efforts were underway to provide buildings to the remaining government departments.

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