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Brain drain and maladministration: 51,000 govt posts lying vacant, says Ministry of Labor

By Akhtar M.Nikzad-KABUL: Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled said Wednesday that 51,000 government posts are vacant due to the lack of managerial capacity.

Deputy Minister Wasel Noor Mohmand confirmed the vacancies “in all governmental administrations”, saying that the application process was ongoing very slowly.

Last year around 250,000 people including educated youth left for Europe mostly arguing lack of jobs at home.

Reports say that around 800 Afghan migrants including children and women drowned in the Aegean waters in 2015.

“Lack of capacity in the Independent Administrative Reform & Civil Service Commission as well as increasing number of job seekers result 51,000 positions to remain empty,” Mohmand said.

“According to our statistic, there are 51,000 positions in all governmental administration, but employment process needs to have more observers and reform and civil service commission shout increase its employees.”

Based on evaluations of the ministry of labor and social affairs, there are 14 million legible workers in the country from which seven million are jobless.

Maroof Qaderi, head of national union of Afghanistan laborers said that government should answer the nation about 51,000 vacant positions.

“Right now, we have thousands with BAs, MAs and PhDs waiting behind the doors of government organs to find job,” Qaderi said.

Sayed Zabihullah Sawez, an official of the reforms and civil services commission said that they had enough observation employees. “They are not only responsible for appointment of applicants in the.”

He rejected allegations of labor and social affairs ministry about 51,000 vacant posts, counting the posts as 32,000. “The majority of them are for teachers,” Sawez said.

“Most of the empty posts are for the departments in the insecure areas, where the ministry observations cannot go to evaluate.”

Some economists believe that government faces with lack of national strategy and incompetent individuals are appointed based on political relations.

They stress if government does not pay attention for the employment process, the current challenges would change to a big tension.

Jawid, 27, who has recently deported from Germany, says he is Science Faculty graduate and is seeking for job.

“Some ministers and general directorates intentionally keep positions vacant to employ their friends or family members in appropriate occasions,” he said.

He termed the reforms and civil service commission an ineffective organ and said the administration cannot ensure transparency for the employment process.

“Without ties with ministers and other officials, it is too difficult to be appointed at least in the primary post. Therefore, you [applicants] should have contacts with ministers through lawmakers before sending your resume.”

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