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490 projects executed in Paktika this year

490 projects executed in Paktika this year

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Nov 19, 2016 - 16:26

SHARANA (Pajhwok): Nearly 500 welfare projects have been completed in southeastern Paktika province this year, but some projects could not be implemented due to insecurity, an official said on Saturday.

Paktika rural rehabilitation and development director Najibullah Jahid told Pajhwok Afghan News 490 projects worth 310 million afghanis funded by the Rural Development Ministry were executed this solar yearinfo-icon, benefitting 50,000 people in provincial capital Sharana and Zarghun Shar, Janikhel, Mata Khan, Sar Hawza, Urgon, Sorobi, Yahya Khel and Yusuf Khel districts.

“We couldn’t launch our projects in Terwa, Wormami, Waza Khwa and some other districts due to bad security condition”, he added.

According Jahid, projects are primarily recommended by rural councils and the Ministry of Rural Development then take steps to implement them in the required area.

The completed projects include roads, water heads, bridges, drinking water wells, retaining walls, canals and drains cleansing, playgrounds and water tanks.

Jahid said the mentioned projects were finished well because local residents kept an eye on work quality. More than 20,000 youth worked on the projects.

“Such projects narrow the distance between the people and the government and while engaging the youth in work prevent them from indulging in illegal activities”, Jahid said.

Sawad Civil Societyinfo-icon group leader in Paktika, Mohammadullah Himattyar, told Pajhwok several projects had been launched in different areas of the province this year under the National Solidarity Program (NSP), employing many youth.

He said many times budget had been approved from Kabulinfo-icon, but could not be used on projects due to the low capacity of local departments in Paktika.

Adam Khan Katawazai, a resident of Kher Kot district, told Pajhwok tht they were happy with projects executed this year. “We didn’t have clean drinking water in the past, but now we have that.”

He said more such projects should be launched in order to help the youth get rid of unemployment.

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