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Ex-ANA officers protest for plots

The Afghan National Army (ANA) officers who were sent on early retirement staged a protest, blocking doors of the finance ministry for not implementing a Cabinet decision on distribution of residential plots to them, officials said on Saturday.

More than 500 ex-ANA officers demonstrated in front of the ministry, chanting slogans, blocked roads and the ministry’s door for three hours, demanding their problems be addressed soon.

Deputy head of the terminated officer’s council, Abdul Majid, accused the ministry for failing to implement the decree to allocate the residential plots to the ex-officers.

“Our rights are violated. The 400,000-member military was bargained to 70,000 (personnel) in line with the Bonn Summit. He said westerners are ruling our country, now they don’t respect decisions of the president and council of ministers,” he said.

He accused the finance minister and his deputies for having links with westerners, saying the council of ministers, headed by the president in 2005, decided to distribute one residential plot in the Padola project of Chahelsoton locality in Kabul, to each officer who lost his job.

Over the past seven years, all the process related to the land allocation, such as survey and documentations, were completed after the land was transferred from the Agriculture Ministry to the Kabul Municipality.

In 2012, the minister’s council ordered the finance and defense ministers to transfer 841 million afghanis, the two years salaries owed to the affected officers, to the Kabul Municipality, but the finance ministry is yet to comply with the directive, he added.

However, the finance ministry spokesman, Wahidullah Tawhidi said since it was a huge amount, it would take time to transfer the money but dismissed all the allegations made by the protesters as unfounded.

He said the deputy finance minister, Kabul municipality officials and representatives of the affected officers would meet at a trilateral meeting to sort out the issue next week.

Source: Pajhwok News Agency by Muhammad Hassan KhetabonJun 10, 2012 – 17:28

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