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Police themselves should control ration quality: Ghani

Police themselves should control ration quality: Ghani

Dec 21, 2017 - 15:06

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the Afghan National Police (ANP) to control its ration’s quality itself and putting in place a mechanism to record suggestions and complaints from the personnel.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said Ghani issued the orders while chairing an extraordinary meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) on Wednesday.

It said besides national and international observers, the ministers of defence and interior also attended the meeting at the presidential office.

The meeting discussed the ANP’s ration, relevant contracted companies’ performance and the supply contracts signed by the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

Prepared by the MoI, a report on the assessment of contractors’ work at district and provincial levels was also conferred on.

Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak briefed the meeting on MoI’s assessment, findings, existing issues and threats. He placed draft reforms before the participants.

The issues mentioned by the MoI included the non-provision of goods in by contractors and lack of a mechanism for monitoring contracts at the MoI.

The NPC commission, reviewing ANP needs with regard to provisions in the current security situation, approved the amendment proposal and provided specific directions.

Ghani called the situation of addressing needs of police, who fought to maintain national dignity, unacceptable. Therefore, the MoI should seriously implement reforms.

He asked the Integrity Watch to set up a hotline for the ANP and Afghan National Army (ANA) for contact and complaints and share the reports thus received with MoI and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Ghani said the ration quality should be controlled by the police personnel themselves and there should be a mechanism to record their views and complaints.

He tasked the MoI with paying serious heed to security check-post needs, including food and potable water. He also slammed the failure of some contractors to discharge their obligations.