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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 16:35

Province: Ghazni
Date:15/05/2013
No participants: 214 (154 men and 60 women)
Location: Uranus Hotel and Restaurant
Key Attendees: Azizullah Poya chief of Provincial Council and in charge of Agriculture, Abdul Jame Deputy Provincial Council, Ghulam Sanayee chief of Department of Rural and Rehabilitation, Zholina Faizi representative of People in Provincial Council, Hamida Gulistani representative of people in Provincial Council, Maisam Provincial Councilor, Gardeewall Provincial Councilor, Mohammad Safi Akbari Provincial Councilor and in charge of Public Health for Women Affairs Department , Mohammad Reza chief of National Environmental Protection Agency and Barak Khan AYNSO PC.
in order to inform major parts of the community about this town hall, several media channels were invited as well which were: Ahmad shah journalist for RTA TV, Mohammadullah Sareer journalist for Ariana TV, Asadullah Jalalzai journalist for BBC, Saifullah Maftoon journalist for Pazhwak News, Nizamudin journalist for Ghaznawian TV, Sher Ahmad Haidar news writer for Rana news website, Abudl Qadeer journalist for DW radio and Sayed Hussain journalist for Voice of People Radio.
AYNO Provincial chapter in Ghazni province held its town hall meeting in Bahar Restaurant and Hotel on 15th.05.2013 where 214 People including 60Women, government officials, and influential elders, and teachers, members of civil society, youths and students participated to discuss major concerns of Ghazni people which were :1- Lack of public health care facilities, 2- Agriculture.
The meeting began at 10:00 with recitation of holy Quran by Mr. Ghani Bahaduri one of the participants and then Mr. Barat Khan AYNSO PC welcomed all the participants and gave 15 minutes briefing of the program as well as its purpose. Mr. Khan also addressed goals and objectives of AYNSO that carries out in different provinces in order to help people in solving their challenges together with governmental officials. He requested all the audience to list and write down their questions about the mentioned issues that officials were supposed to provide answers.
The audience one by one asked their questions from appointed and elected officials regarding agriculture and health care challenges as below:


1-    Abdul Sami Haqyaar had his question from the officials of agriculture department which was, “It is clear for all of us that Afghanistan is an agricultural country and majority of its income is based on agriculture, but why our officials and government do not provide us with opportunities on developing agriculture in villages and districts in this province?”
The officials who provided answers to audience questions were Mohammad Safi Akbari In charge of Public health Committee in provincial council, Azizullah Poya Chief of Provincial Council and in charge of Agriculture committee, Abdul Jame deputy provincial councilor, Zholina and Hamida Gulistani members of provincial council.
In response to the first question Mr. Azizullah Poya said, “Let me thank the organizers of this program that helps people to communicate with government and seek for a means of solution to challenges that our people have, secondly, I would like to say that we believe our challenges are a lot and we cannot reach every single issue, we have tried our level best to solve these problems and we visited several districts and villages in order to support agriculture and provide enough seeds and plants for farmers. However the agriculture department has direct responsibility in this section and they should provide you more responses.”
2-    Miss Humaira also asked from the officials of agriculture, “I would request you to answer two questions, 1- What is your measures on establishing water dams in particular Sultan Dam as it has a main channel for irrigation system and secondly majority of the projects have been accomplished for greenery purposes why aren’t the officials working on infrastructure?”
Mr. Poya the provincial council chief responded to second question where he reiterated that if we want to nationalize our economy, and then we have to think for agriculture sector because Afghanistan is an agricultural country and more that 70% of people are involved in this sector. We have three times requested from Ismail Khan Minister of Water and Power to reconstruct the Sultan Mahmoud Dam and he promised but did not fulfill that, but we are following that and would solve this problem very soon.
3-    Mr. Atiqullah referenced his questions to officials of provincial council and agriculture department, “Unfortunately majority of the seeds, plants and cultivation tools which are distributed by agriculture department are not received by farmers and land owners, they are sold in black market, what is your action on this problem?”
Representative of Agriculture department for the third question said, “Dear brother somehow this is unfortunately true, and we have heard a lot of complaints from our farmers that they do not receive seeds and tools for agricultural purposes. It is all due to having corruption in the government and lack of professional personnel. But we are hopeful for future as a lot of workshops and trainings have been offered by different NGOs that benefited majority of farmers. This indirectly provides employment opportunities for our people too.

4-    Miss Halima asked, “My question is addressed to public health department officials, we observe low quality medication imported from neighboring countries, and clinics do not observe proper health care safeties and Doctors do not have well behavior with patients, why the public health department does not take any measures?”
Representative of public health department Mr. Safi said that it is a direct responsibility of the public health department, and we are in good control of this situation; let me tell you that a few days back we banned a clinic in Amir Ghazi village that was providing low quality service and medication to patients. We also request our people to inform us in very quick time if they observe such condition anywhere in their area.  Poor behavior of doctors and nurses are due to lack of literacy and decades of war in the country, but hopefully we will provide training campaigns for them in order to have better manner with people.
5-    Why the public health department does not properly implement and execute budget that is allocated from Public Health Ministry?
Miss Hamida Gulistani member of provincial council said, “Again it is the issue of vast corruption in the country and the budget does not properly come to Ghazni province and it results to poor quality project implementation. We all request governor’s office to share this problem with Ministry of Public Health and prevent such poor management in the future. Thank you.”
These were the major questions that audience asked the officials and the participants requested for suitable answers.
The meeting finally ended at 3:45 after lengthy discussions and debates about these mentioned problems and the audience and government officials thanked AYNSO for this effective program and requested to increase the number of these programs in different districts and villages.
Participants were served lunch and transportation charges were paid to all of the individuals in the meeting.

 



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