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Acting officials long running Paktia offices, towns

Acting officials long running Paktia offices, towns

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Sep 21, 2020 - 17:37

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Ten government departments and more than half of districts in southeastern Paktia province are headed by acting officials, creating certain restrictions and administrative problems, Pajhwok Afghan News learned on Monday.

The Revenue, Commerce and Industry, Borders and Tribal, Land, Transport, Public Works, Foreign, Hajjinfo-icon and Religious Affairs, Teachers Trainings, Martyrs and Disabled and Sportinfo-icon Departments are being run by acting heads.

In addition since past five years, Ahmadabad, Aryub Zazai, Chamkani, Dand-i-Patan, Janikhel, Shawak, Rohani Baba and Garda Serai districts are run by acting administrative chiefs.

Residents and Provincial Council members complain that acting officials have been unable to serve like permanent officials due to legal restraints, thus the masses have been facing problems in administrative affairs.

Syed Jamaluddin Asifkehl, cultural activist in Paktia, said that acting officials well served the interest of rulers, therefore they were allowed to continue in offices.

“Continuation of work by acting officials has unfortunately a bad impact on all institutions, but some officials are intentionally allowed to serve as acting officials in order to serve the interest of rulers.”

Civil Societyinfo-icon Activist Sherpaw Ahmadi said that governance through acting officials paved the way for corruption and stressed for appointment of competent officials through a transparent procedure.

Provincial Council Member Mohammad Rahman Qaderi said: “Running administration affairs by acting officials is not in the interest of government institutions and the issue should be addressed and given high importance.”

Governor Mohammad Haleem Fedae said appointment of permanent officials to these posts was vital and added that the issue had been shared with the concerned officials.

“Departmental heads fall under second grade and authority their appointment lies with the central government. We have informed them to appoint competent people through transparent manner,” he said.

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