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Herat revenue dips after Customs Dept relocation

Herat revenue dips after Customs Dept relocation

Sep 18, 2019 - 15:30

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The revenue of the Herat Customs Department has declined by 50 percent due to its relocation to Islam Qala and lack of staff accountability, lawmakers alleged on Wednesday.

Munawar Shah Bahadur, a legislator from the western province, told the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon the Customs Department was shifted from Herat City to the Islam Qala Port one and a half month earlier.

He said after the department’s relocation, its revenue slipped by 50 percent. According to him, employees are vulnerable to dictation, receiving illegal orders from mafia groups not to act in line with the law.

He said the Islam Qala Port is 120 kilometres far from Herat City and mafia groups could easily dictate terms to workers on their way back to Herat City.

Ghulam Farooq Nazari, another MP from the province, held a similar view and confirmed the revenue had nosedived from 70 million afghanis to 40 million afghanis.

“If an employee refuses to follow orders from a mafia group, he runs the risk of being killed,” the parliamentarian claimed.

His colleague Haji Shahpur Popal demanded an investigation into embezzlement and corruption. He asserted there were enough documents showing the revenue decline.

Deputy Speaker Ameer Khan Yar, who chaired the session, said the issue should be shared with the Finance Ministry through the Finance Commission of the lower house.

He called the embezzlement of government funds a crime and said individuals involved in the practice should be identified and punished in line with the law.



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