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Badakhshan mine revenue down by 90pc

Badakhshan mine revenue down by 90pc

Nov 29, 2016 - 16:48

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The mines department in northeastern Badakhshan province says its revenue declined by 90 percent in the past two years due to delayed process of contracts.

The department head, Mohammad Akbar Anwari, told Pajhwok Afghan News their revenue declined after the Mines Ministry took away the authority of granting contracts from the provincial mines department.

 “Individuals and companies who would come to us for contracts are now referred to the ministry where months pass but the contracts are not processed. Such individuals and companies have lost interest and the situation allows illegal extraction of mines”, he added.

Surveys in-charge at the mines department, Eng. Atiqullah, said the revenue collected from Badakhshan’s mines in solar yearinfo-icon 1393 was 48 million afghanis but it decreased to just 7.5 million afghanis in 1394 and this year’s income was estimated at 540,000 afs.

“We had contracts for 12 mines in the past year. These contracts expired two months ago. We have no contracts with individuals or companies, and the corporations must go to the ministry for contracts”, he added.

Talking about mines in several districts of Badakhshan, Atiqullah said lapis lazuli, ruby, emerald, gold, coal, kohl and other mineral deposits existed in the province

The provincial council chief, Abdullah Naji, said powerful individuals had illegally occupied mines and the government had no power to put hand on them. A 30 percent of revenue from mines lined pockets of miners and powerful people like commanders and smugglers pocketed 70 percent of the illegal revenue.

The provincial council secretary, Ahmad Javed Javed, said the sand-washing of gold was being carried out in Royenj Aab area of Raghestan district.

He said daily 18 kilograms of gold was produced and a small amount of income was given to workers and the rest recenved by Talibaninfo-icon, local commanders and district officials.

“We are hired by local commanders against 500 afghanis a day. We have nothing to do with the extracted emerald stone”, said Habib, a resident who worked in an emerald mine in Jurm district.

Badakhshan, a mountainous province that borders China, Pakistaninfo-icon and Tajikistan, is home to 16 mines in which thousands of people work.



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