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Transferred to Islam Qala, Herat customs revenue plunges

Transferred to Islam Qala, Herat customs revenue plunges

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Feb 06, 2020 - 18:03

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The Customs Department of western Herat province collected 18 billion afghanis in revenue during the outgoing solar yearinfo-icon, falling 14 billion afghanis short of the target.

Javed Samim, deputy director of the Customs Department, told reporters here they had been given 32 billion afghanis target this solar year, but they managed to collect 18 billion afghanis.

He blamed the declined revenue on the transfer of the Customs Department to Islam Qala, presence of powerful individuals and government’s inability to ensure security and stop capital flight.

Samim expressed his concern over insecurity and threats customs officials faced and said: “After the transfer of Customs Department from Herat City to Islam Qala, the employees of this Department faced 17 incidents of insecurity including target killing, kidnapping and murder. Six employees lost their lives.”

Subsequently, lawmakers from Herat criticized the transfer of Customs Department.

Lawmaker Ghulam Farooq Majroh said after the transfer of Customs Department to Islam Qala the revenue declined magnificently and its employees faced security threats.

He said over a thousand employees lost their jobs after the transfer of the Customs Department.

Syed Azem Kaberzani, another lawmaker from Herat City, said: “Most of government budget depends on customs revenue and if it does not pay attention, the budget deficit will expand.”

He demanded the Customs Department to be relocated to Heat City and asked the government to pay attention to security of its employees.

Nh/ma

 

 

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