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Over 200 uplift projects completed in Panjshir
Kabul, May 9, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The central government, in cooperation with the US-led provincial reconstruction team (PRT), has completed 226 uplift projects in the central Panjshir province over the previous three years, officials said on Wednesday.
Abdul Rahman Kabiri, deputy governor of the province, told Pajhwok Afghan News the PRT had completed more than 100 developmental projects at the cost of over $30 million.
He said the projects included construction of schools, health clinics and offices for the district officials; pavement and rebuilding of roads, and provision of facilities like clean drinking water and power supply.
Kabiri said another $8 million was provided by the then US commander Benjamin Frankley last year, and the amount would be spent on welfare projects during the current year.
Talking to Pajhwok, PRT commander in Panjshir Bill Baker said construction of roads, bridges, protective walls, offices at the governor house, district offices and launching of three power supply schemes were the main projects completed during that period.
He said the projects were implemented in consultation with members of the provincial council and keeping needs and requirements of the local people in mind.
Another 126 uplift projects were completed under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) at the cost of $9 million.
Serajuddin Mehraban, director of the rural rehabilitation and development department, said the NSP had implemented developmental projects in all districts of the province. He added 200 more such projects would be completed by the ministry this year.
Provincial officials said the government had collected $128 million revenues last year, while the amount is expected to increase to $180 million during the current year.
The expected boost in the revenues is attributed to recruitment of professional staff in the finance and other governmental departments, said Sayed Zaiul Haq Sakha, head of the finance department.
Speaking to Pajhwok, Sakha said the fresh recruitment of 70 professional staffers in the finance department was part of the reform programme of the Ministry of Finance.
Sakha said the revenues were mainly collected by imposition of custom duties on import and export of goods and collection of tax from industrialists and salaried class.