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10b afs set aside for salaries of retired govt servants

10b afs set aside for salaries of retired govt servants

Feb 26, 2018 - 12:13

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) on Monday allocated 10 billion afghanis to fund salaries of retired government servants.

MoLSAMD spokesman Abdul Fatah Ishrat Ahmadzai, speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, put the number of retired officials in the country at 135, 121 91.

As many as 989 of them served in civilians positions and 43, 135 retired from the security establishment. He said 100,007 had been registered in Kabul and the rest in other provinces.

He suggested the figures could be change with the passage of time and those reaching the superannuation age would stand retired. They would be replaced through fresh recruitment.

For the ongoing fiscal year, 12 billion afs had been set aside for the salaries of retired personnel. An amount of 2 billion afs was not paid last year, the spokesman explained.

In the past fiscal year, 9.1 billion afs had been proposed but the Ministry of Finance (MoF) released only seven billion afs. He said 2.2 billion afs could not be paid due to budgetary problem.

The retired personnel would receive their salaries online once the the biometric system was put in place across the country.

According to his information, since the beginning of the programme two years back, 91, 000 retired officials have been documented electronically. The process would start in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh and Nangarhar provinces.

He said the new biometric process would help prevent corruption and the ministry would be able to know the exact numbers of retired personnel. The retirement age is 67 years.

He urged all retired people to apply for electronic registration for inclusion in the payroll system. With the completion of the process, the retirees would be able to receive salaries through bank, he concluded.