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Fake ration card holders introduced to AGO: MoLSAMD

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, Nasrin Oryakhil, told lawmakers on Monday that the ministry has introduced 600 people to the Attorney General Office (AGO) for having fake ration cards.

She said that after computerizing the payment system, the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) has discovered 51,233 fake ration cards. She said that the ministry had issued the cared based on flawed verification of the applicants by the courts. “The number of ration cards issued to disabled people and martyrs was reduced to 223,524 from 274,759 cards,” she added.

Oryakhil and the Deputy Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Affairs, Fazil Ahmad Azemi, were summoned to Wolesi Jirga on Monday.

Oryakhil said that they have devised mechanisms to create job opportunities for Afghans. She said that the mechanism will be soon presented to the Council of Ministers (CoM).

“We have urged Gulf states to provide employment opportunities to Afghans. We have also received positive response from Iran in this regard,” she said.

She added that the ministry in collaboration with the international community will professionally train 30,000 labors.

Oryakhil said that slow procedure of employment in the government organizations is also part of the problem. She said that there are scores of job vacancies in state organizations; thus, employment procedure should be sped up.

Fazel Ahmad Azemi said that humanitarian assistance worth of Afs10 million have been provided to displaced Kunduzis. “The aid was sent to some 5,500 displaced families in Kunduz, Badakhshan and Hajji Camp of Mazar-e-Sharif,” he added.

Abdul Rauf Ebrahemi, Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, said that the officials failed to convince lawmakers.

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