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Samangan coalmine revenue drops by 33pc

Samangan coalmine revenue drops by 33pc

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29 Sep 2021 - 18:37
Samangan coalmine revenue drops by 33pc
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29 Sep 2021 - 18:37

AIBAK (Pajhwok): Mines and petroleum officials in northern Samangan province say that revenue from the coalmine in Dara-i-SufBala district has dropped by 33 percent after the collapse of Ashraf Ghani government.

Mualvi Abdul MatalibSilab, director of Samangan mines and petroleum department, told Pajhwok Afghan News that limited banking services and lack of cash with people were the reasons behind low revenue collection from the coalmine.

He said that 200 million Afghanis had been collected in revenue from the coalmine in the last one month compared to around 300 million Afghanis in the same period in the past. The revenue collected from the mine is transferred to the central government, he added.

Silab said that in the past, each ton of coal was charged 2,000 Afghanis, but the mount has increased to 2,200 Afghanis since the last two days following an order from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

He added that there were around 3,000 tunnels of coal in Dara-i-SufBala district of Samangan where 12,000 people work and from 3,500 to 4,000 tons of coal is extracted on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, Jan Mohammad, a truck driver in the coalmine, said that he transfers the coal from the mine to capital Kabul.

“The route is safe now and we are no longer extorted on highways; but the tax on the coal is high and the government should reduce it,” he said.

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