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Noor rarely seen in Balkh in 6 months

Noor rarely seen in Balkh in 6 months

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Jan 26, 2017 - 01:55

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A rare appearance in office by the acting governor of northern Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, for the past six months has created many problems for his administration, public representatives and political analysts said on Wednesday.

Since coming into power in 2014, the unity government has been unable to replace acting governors of some provinces and heads of organizations.

Noor has been busy in Kabulinfo-icon over the past six months, entering talks with President Ashraf Ghani on behalf of the Jamiat party. The outcome of the talks is yet to be announced.

Dr. Mohammad Afzal Hadid, the head of Balkh provincial council, said the current rulers had failed to deliver on their election campaign pledges.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News that the protracted issue of acting officials had widened the gap between the government and the people.

A member of the provincial council, Shujauddin Shuja, said the issue of acting officials was of great concern in Balkh province like other parts of the country.

To a question about the rare presence of the governor in his office, he said: “It is natural deputies and subordinates cannot properly handle the affairs in the absence of their chief.”

He confirmed receiving complaints from people about their pending works at government departments run by acting heads.

Analyst Shakoor Najafizada said officials working in acting capacity and bureaucracy paved the ground for corruption.

He said the rare presence of the acting governor in his province was a matter of concern because it had a negative impact on people visiting government offices to get their problems resolved.

Farhad Jamshidi, who teaches at Arya private university, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “When the chief administer of a province is absent, it creates problems towards good governance.”

Noor’s spokesman Munir Farhad acknowledged the acting governor was rarely seen at his office during the past six months.

He said the reason was the ongoing talks between the Jamiat party and the Presidential Palace. However, Farhad said no government task was delayed or left undone during the past six months.

Besides the governor’s house, the deputy governor, the mayor and the revenue department head of Balkh province have been working in acting capacity.

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