For the first time, the Afghan National Police (ANP) have recently introduced the e-Tashkeel – electronic organisational staffing plan database. Afghan Deputy Minister of Interior for Administration, Lieutenant General Ikramuddin Yawar, inaugurated the new database.
“This database is being set up with the support of international counterparts. EUPOL has been supporting us with training courses for the personnel of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to manage the e-Tashkeel,” said Lt Gen Yawar.
The MoI Tashkeel is the backbone of the ministry to deal with recruitment, background information and job descriptions. The computerised system will enable the Force Management Department and the Tashkeel Department to keep standardised records of all the personnel within the MoI.
Besides EUPOL, the NATO Training Mission to Afghanistan (NTM-A) also helped in setting up the new system.
At the same time, another milestone was achieved by linking the Administration of Human Resources Information Management System (AHRIMS) to the e-Tashkeel. The AHRIMS stores police identity cards, Electronic Payment System (EPS) and personal records.
Head of the General Directorate of Personnel, Lieutenant General Wakil Akbari said that linking the provinces to the new database will help reduce the use of paper and bureaucracy.EUPOL has been training 35 MoI personnel to manage the e-Tashkeel over the last year. The course has three modules, basic, intermediate and advanced. The main objective of the course is to enable Afghans to link together all aspects of human resource management by themselves.
“Today MoI has made history by launching the electronic Tashkeel. You have passed yet another milestone. We agreed to train the Force Management Department personnel and build a new Tashkeel database. On behalf of EUPOL, I am proud that we have been able to work together and I can assure you that EUPOL will continue to support you in the future as well,” Pia Stjernvall, EUPOL Acting Head of Mission, said.
Major General Mohammad Wasim Azimi, commander of Force Management Department, said: “Police planning will be successful only when it is in accordance with organised database and Tashkeel. We needed e-Tashkeel to have transparent promotion, retirement, salary and weapon registration systems as well as accurate statistics.”
The e-Tashkeel is a secure database, which is capable of blocking any unauthorised access.
At the moment there are 157,000 Afghan police and 9,340 support functions working all over Afghanistan under the MoI’s leadership. In the past, the information about every individual and his or her equipment was registered by different departments. E-Tashkeel will make life easier by integrating and centralising all the information.
First Lieutenant Abdul Khabir, who works at the Tashkeel Department, is currently learning the new system and seems to be very happy about it.
“I have attended the course to know about modern ways of electronic database registry. It is a very sophisticated system where every policeman’s details are registered on a single page, along with the details of the equipment he or she has. I believe it is a huge success for the MoI.”
According to Allan Molleskov Pedersen, EUPOL’s expert on e-Tashkeel, agrees: “The online Tashkeel is probably the biggest achievement for the MoI. This is really creating history and I am very proud to be part of this project. This project has been executed under the Afghan ownership, and this is the best part of it.”