Pursuant to the resolution ratified by the cabinet of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Afghan ministries have obliged to submit their 100-day Action Plan to the public and report their achievements every 25 days. Though, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development could manage to present its 100-day Action Plan to the public on 2nd June 2015 in the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC).
Fortunately, today Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development attended a Press Conference in the Government Media and Information center (GMIC) to inform the public from the realization of MRRD’s 100-day plan, Minister Durrani said “Firstly, let me to point out some of the achievements made over the last six months –since I have been elected as the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development-.”
Over the last six months, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has totally implemented 4809 public utility projects. These development projects have been completed across the country at a sum of USD 144 million and 150 thousand in the following sectors:
Transportation: 1559 Projects
Water Supply: 1272 Projects
Irrigation: 1068 Projects
Community Development: 519 Projects
Education: 155 Projects
Rural Energy: 213 Projects
Health: 11 Projects
“As of two quarters of fiscal year, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has disbursed 49 per cent of its development budget. Also, during the mentioned period the contracts for 312 public utility projects in the areas of water supply, irrigation and transport have been signed with the representatives of private companies worth of AFN 1 billion, 724 million and 770 thousand.” Minister Durrani remarked.
Addressing his commitments and achievements towards the realization of 100-day action plan, Minister Durrani stated, “MRRD was committed in the 100-day plan to create 280 Community Development Councils and prepare 280 Community Development Plans in the local governance section. Fortunately, 277 Community Development Councils and Development Plans have been created across 15 provinces. MRRD was committed to transfer block grants to the bank accounts of 700 Community Development Councils; I can proudly declare that unlike the promise, the MRRD could manage to transfer the block grants to the bank accounts of 1304 CDCs (it shows 186 per cent progress).”
Pointing out to a plenty of achievements in rural economic development sector, the MRRD minister said, “The MRRD was committed to strengthen 910 saving groups in the rural economic development sector. Fortunately, the ministry could manage to earn more than its commitment; the MRRD was able to strengthen 959 saving groups (it shows 105 per cent progress). Likewise, promise has been made that the MRRD will make every possible effort to empower 280 local products groups, including Nomad Enterprises; the MRRD has empowered 275 local products groups which shows 98% progress. Also the MRRD was committed to strengthen value chain and development under the process of “one district one product”, so far, this process has been implemented in four districts of Herat and Parwan provinces. Strengthening of 175 small and medium enterprises was among the other commitments made by the MRRD in 100-day action plan. Fortunately, 158 small and medium enterprises are supported which shows 90% progress. Providing financial support to 21 loan associations in order to pave the ground for further investment opportunities was also one of the commitments made by the ministry, fortunately, 39 saving groups and loan associations are created over last 1.5 months which demonstrates 185 per cent progress.”
Releasing the report of progress in rural infrastructure development sector, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development revealed, “In the 100-day action plan, the MRRD was committed to implement 1310 infrastructure projects. To date, the ministry has been able to implement 1146 projects in this sphere. These projects include: construction of six water supply networks, excavation of 133 safe drinking water wells, construction of 173-km rural road, 210-m bridges and maintenance of 2310-km rural roads.
The total budget for the implementation of 100-day Action Plan was estimated AFN four billion and 200 thousand. A big portion of it, 3 billion and 650 million was invested by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and work opportunities and facilities have been provided to 2 million and 600 thousand individuals.
Similarly, one of the key commitments made by the MRRD Minister was the commencement of reform and integration process of the support functions in MRRD, including the HR, Finance and Procurement sections of the national programs with the relevant departments of the MRRD.
Minister Durrani said, “Until now, three important and essential support functions including the HR, Finance and Procurement sections have integrated with the relevant departments. MRRD intends to integrate seven other units including Monitoring, Planning, and Training, Administrative, Engineering, IT and MIS with the relevant departments in upcoming seven months.”
“There are many facilities provided to the visitor by the Public Relations Department. As a matter of fact, the PRD plays key roles through E-Governance.” Minister Durrani revealed.
To date, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has been able to provide the people with Electronic-Governance. On average, 200 people visit the MRRD on a daily basis. The Public Relations Department established recently within the MRRD address them with great ease. Since the inception of Public Relations Department, 4935 petitions are addressed, 8441 employment forms and about 1100 offers have been distributed, while 7216 employment forms and 321 offers have been rebounded to the Ministry. Similarly, the Public Relations Department has organized 42 problem solving sessions, 254 companies have received information from their financial installments and 21500 visitors have been registered and guided to the ministry.
At the end of the Press Conference, Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development asked the rural communities to keep an eye on the protection and maintenance of the projects. He also requested the active participation of Media and Civil Society towards transparency and high quality.
Under the new policy and wise management, the MRRD is determined to reach the proposed plan shared with the public. The report presented today illustrates that MRRD will make every possible effort towards realization of the 100 day Action Plan.