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MoCN launches projects to counter narcotics

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MoCN) on Monday signed contracts with different firms for implementation of 20 uplift and livelihood projects. The uplift schemes are part of the ministry’s anti-narcotics drive.

Construction of schools, clinics, hospitals, irrigation, sport stadium, bridge, teaching institution, dormitory, public health institute and a protection wall are the major projects to be implemented in 15 provinces.

The projects are going to be launched in Nuristan, Khost, Sari-Pul, Paktia, Maidan Wardak, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Ghazni, Helmand, Logar, Ghor, Badghis and Faryab. These projects will be completed within one year.

Minister of Counter Narcotics, Salamat Azemi, said the projects are part of her 100-day action plan which will cost Afs394.5 million, pledged by the United States of America to the Good Performance Initiative (GPI).

She said that 27 other uplift and livelihood projects which were part of the action plan have been completed. About 30 other livelihood projects are part of the second 100-day action plan.

MoCN has initiated 282 livelihood projects through the GPI program in 34 provinces since its beginning. As many as 218 projects have been completed and 64 others to be completed soon, said Azemi.

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