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4 labour deputy ministers to face graft charges

4 labour deputy ministers to face graft charges

Nov 18, 2015 - 21:44

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Wednesday introduced four current and former labour and social affairs deputy ministers to the Attorney General Office (AGO) on corruption charges.

Zalmai Zabuli, the Senate complaints commission, during a meeting on the issue with Labour and Social Affairs Minister Nasrin Oryakhail, said millions of afghanis had been embezzled under the pretext of allowances to people with disabilities.

However, Minister Oryakhail said her ministry paid allowances to 51,000 delusive disabled people due to the absence of a proper payment system.

“After a new system of payments to people with disabilities was activated three years back, the 51,000 fake people registered with the ministry stopped withdrawing their salaries,” she said. She said these individuals were paid stipends for the past 12 years.

Without providing more details, she said she planned to activate a biometric system for registering disabled persons and distributing them allowances based on their real identities over the next one year.

The new system would accelerate the process of payments to people with disabilities, Oryakhail said, adding that fighting corruption was one of her top priories.

Currently 140,000 people with disabilities are registered with the ministry and each receives a maximum of 5,000 afghanis allowance every month, she said.

Zabuli said millions of afghanis had been embezzled from the national treasury for years, but the government did not pay attention.

He said two current and two former deputy ministers of labour and social affairs, martyrs and disabled were introduced to the Attorney General Office for their negligence towards the corruption.

They included current deputy ministers Samim Sultani and Wasi Noor Mahmand and former Hasamuddin Hamrah and Suraya Paikan, Zabuli said.