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Kabul provincial council fails in achieving goals

Kabul provincial council fails in achieving goals

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Jan 01, 2017 - 18:58

KABUL (Pajhwok): Provincial council is a requirement of a democratic regime to develop governance and bring about improvement to provincial affairs, but the provincial council of central Kabul province has failed to achieve these goals.

Provincial councils are part of Afghanistan’s local administration and there is a specific place for it in the law.

However, Kabul provincial council members say government departments do not share their political, social and economic programs with the council.

Sayed Naqibullah Hashemi, a provincial council member, told Pajhwok Afghan News that overseeing development projects and holding meetings with local officials and people were among responsibilities of the council to address challenges and problems and then share them with the government.

“Kabul would be safer and there will be more job opportunities if government officials share their social, economic, political and cultural plans and programs with each other and particularly with provincial council members,” he said.

He criticized government organs and said the ministries and other government institutes had never shared their programs with the provincial council.

Hashemi said the provincial council was fully discharging its responsibility of monitoring local government’s performance and sharing its reports with the relevant organs.

“We first began overseeing development projects, then we visited prisons after hearing complaints about prisoners’ situation, we also visited some hospitals and schools to monitor their performance and share our reports with the Presidential Palace and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG),” he added.

A number of prisoners, who languished in jails beyond their jail terms for unknown reasons, had been freed in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the public representative said.

He said expired drugs were collected and destroyed as a result of the provincial council’s efforts

Hashemi added some hospitals providing substandard services had been advised and others were fined by relevant organs.

Problems in a number of private and government schools monitored by the provincial council had also been shared with the education officials for solution, he said.

“Around 1000 cases of tribal, religious, family and violence against women have been solved by the council.”

The council also contacted and met with district chiefs, police chiefs and administrative heads to share with them people’s problems in order to help reduce the distance between the people and the government, Hashemi said.

With the government not allocating budget for overseeing projects and holding tribal jirgas for solving people’s problems, the provincial council members traveled to different parts of Kabul and districts hearing people’s problems and sharing them with the officials concerned.

Kabul has 14 districts and 22 police districts. The provincial council is formed of 33 members including seven women.

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