Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday at the National Local Governance Dialogue in Kabul called for greater authority to be given to local officials in the country, emphasizing on local governance.
The dialogue was attended by more than 250 district governors from across Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan’s budget must be predicted from district to province and then coordinated. It must be carried out at the center and then the budget should be made available locally,” said Abdullah, adding that local officials should not be influenced while discharging their duties.
The head of Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) Abdul Mateen Baig said that till now, the role of local officials has been only symbolic, “The meeting is aimed to outline a road map or a new law towards strengthening the districts, especially the effectiveness of the districts and the third units and role of the district governors”.
Nader Nadery, the chairman of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) added a crucial point saying that the present number of officials in local institutions does not even meet the needs of the provinces called for an increase in this figure.