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30 percent of Logar govt departments without buildings

30 percent of Logar govt departments without buildings

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Dec 03, 2016 - 16:07

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Local officials and residents say 30 percent of government departments are without buildings in central Logar province,where rented premises have created governance problems.

Governor Mohammad Halim Fidayee told Pajhwok Afghan News staff of 30 percent of government departments in the provincial capital and districts faced problems discharging their duties.

“We have 40 government departments at the provincial level but 16 of them still lack buildings, a problemthat is taking toll governance quality and efforts at providing services to the people,” he said.

Departments of refugees and repatriation, labour and social affairs, urban development, provincial council, water and irrigation, traffic, transport, public healthinfo-icon, statistics and Afghan Red Crescent Societyinfo-icon (ARCS)do not have their own buildings.

Fidayee said the police headquarters in Kharwar, Charkh and Azra districts also had no buildings. The departments were housed in rented houses, which created problems for staff and visitors, he added.

Urban Development DirectorHamidullah Sangarsaid they were working in a residential house.“We have rented a small house based on our budget limit. Workers always complain the house is not a proper place.”

Sangar urged higher-ups in Kabulinfo-icon also pay due attention to their departments in other provinces and resolve their problems.

Refugee and Repatriation Affairs DirectorNoor Ahmad Salehi also complained about the absence of a building for his department.“Many people visit us daily, but our current office is not a proper duty place.”

At times, the owner asks the department for vacating the building.“Our location is not permanent and we shift our office from one place to another; it is a problem for visitors to search our new office.”

The Kharwar district chief, Samar Gul Rashid, said they were working in a fort. “We are not alone in the fort. The police headquarters and the Afghan National Army (ANA) battalion are also located there,” he said, asking the officials concerned to resolve their problems as soon as possible.

Provincial council chairman, Mohammad Nasir Ghairat, confirmed many departments lacked buildings. Of 16 government departments, representatives of 10 told Pajhwok their offices were sans buildings.

Syed Mubarak Shah, an inhabitant of the Kolingar area of Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar, said: “I know many government offices are housed in rented houses, frequently changing their locations.”

Obaidullah, a resident of the Zaqomkhel village of Baraki Barak district, said he had visited the refugee and repatriation department, which had no building of its own. The visitors had to stand outside on the road.

Vehicles plying the road trouble the people visiting the department of refugees, he said, adding it was a shame for the government that its departments had been without buildings.

But Governor Fidayee explained efforts were underway to construct buildings for all government departments.“I have sent my recommendations to Kabul-based officials, who will allocate funds for the construction of new buildings.”

He said government departments in Logar remained without buildings due to negligence of previous administrations. Government departments in other provinces of the country also lack buildings.

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