KABUL (Pajhwok): The merger of the Ministry of Urban Development and Land Administration has spawned a host of administrative problems in Jawzjan and Herat provinces by appointing two directors each to the relevant departments.
President Ashraf Ghani, by issuing a decree in November 2018, merged the Land Administration with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing. The departments have since been functioning under the name of the Ministry of Urban Development and Land.
MoUDL says the merger has not been completed yet, but the new structure was approved on November 26, 2020 and will be organized accordingly.
This issue has created problems in the two provinces. Letter No. 117333, dated January 19, 2021, from MoUDL shows Ahmad Erkin Amini, former urban development and housing director in Jawzjan, has been appointed as head of the Urban Development and Land Department.
But a copy of the ministry’s letter No. 122902, dated January 31, reads Khairullah Karimi, the director of the Jawzjan land authority, has also been appointed as head of the Urban Development and Land Department of the province.
Amini told Pajhwok Afghan News he had been the director of urban development for the past five years. The authorities concerned had decided to give priority to the longest-serving member of the department, he said.
“That’s why I have received an appointment letter from MoUDL. I continued to work as before. But 12 days ago, another individual named Khairullah Karimi brought a letter of appointment from the ministry,” he confirmed.
For his part, Karimi said he had been appointed as director of the Jawzjan Land Authority on merit in 2018. His current appointment had been approved by ministry, he insisted.
“Having no problem with the previous director, I just acted on the ministry’s decision,” said Karimi, who currently runs the Urban Development and Land Department.
MoUDL also issued letter No. 275, dated December 3, 2010, saying Fraidoon Sarwari, the director of urban development in Herat, had been appointed as urban development and land chief for the province.
However, MoUDL sent a letter, reference number 295. To the Herat governor’s house on December 10, 2020. It says Haris Akhtarzada, the current director of the land authority, has been appointed as head of the authority through an open competition.
The Ministry has also considered for the post, so since both (Sarwari and Akhtarzada) have been selected through open competition, both to continue their work until new appointments are made.
But MoUDL, in another letter on December 13, 2020, wrote: “We deem it necessary to make further decisions because the content of the above letter is invalid and unworkable.”
Herat Urban Development and Land Department Director Fraidoon Sarwari told Pajhwok he had been appointed after the merger.
He argued if Akhtarzada had been appointed to the post, he might have been hired to the same opening in another province.
Akhtarzada also said the ministry had decided to give him back the post of director. He is currently running affairs of the Department of Urban Development and Land.
Hashmatullah Nasiri, the MoUDL spokesman, did not respond to Pajhwok’s questions about the administrative problems in Jawzjan and Herat, However, he said the ministry’s current structure had been approved by the president after the merger of the former land authority with the Ministry of Urban Development and Land.
“Under the Civil Service and Administrative Reform Commission’s decision, the provincial directors, who were appointed through open competition and worked in provinces, have been given the relevant posts. The remaining provincial directors will be appointed to similar posts at the center and in the provinces,” he concluded.