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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:49
Date: 30/05/2013
No. Participants: 205 (160 males, 45 Females)
Location: 2ndConference hall of municipality department
Key Attendees: Abdul Wali Sahi deputy provincial governor, Mohammad Shafiq Popal chief chairman of AYNSO, Mohammad Shefa Mushfeq chief of Department Information and Culture, Mohammad Sherin Sapai chief of bank for eastern zone, MafadZeer representative of Department of Finance, and Dr. Akhtar Gul Chief of Rules and Regulation Directorate for Public Health Department.
AYNO Provincial chapter in Paktia province held its town hall meeting in municipality conference hall on 30th.05.2013 where 205 People including 45 women, government officials, and influential elders, and teachers, members of civil society, youths and students participated to discuss major concerns of people which were 1- popularizing Afghani Currency, 2- Traffic challenges.
The meeting began at 10:00 AM with recitation of holy Quran by Mr. Majeed one of the participants and then Mr. Shafiq Popal Chief Chairman of AYNSO welcomed all the participants and gave 15 minutes briefing of the program as well as its purpose. Mr. Popal also addressed goals and objectives of AYNSO that carries out in different provinces in order to help people and solve their challenges. He requested all the audience to list and write down their questions about the mentioned issues that officials were supposed to provide answers.
Then Abdul Wali deputy provincial governor thanked AYNSO for this initiative and said that the only active parts of the society are the active youths who can cope with challenges and problems in the society. Therefore, please involve the youths and let them take part in government affairs.
Then the participants started asking questions and officials with enough patience provided answers.
1.    Mashkoor Hairan one of the participants asked, “What are the challenges as obstacles for use of Afghani currency?”
2.    Why are the marketing branches of banks so weak in popularizing the Afghani currency?
3.    How much money has been collected from punishments of those who commit embezzlement and does the government introduce them to attorney departments?”

Mohammad Sherin Sapai chief of banks for east zone responded, “To be frank and unbiased, the people of Nangarhar, Paktia and Khost provinces do not respect their identity and therefore they rely to use Pakistani rupees as currency. And the challenges are that people do not cooperate, therefore I urge all of you to please inform others that using our own currency popularizes our identity and increase the value of our currency too. It is in fact a means to money circulation.”
Mr. Sapai also added that regarding popularizing the Afghani currency the banks and marketing branches do their duties in particular in Paktia province, but still I urge my people to cooperate with government and use their own currency.
In his last remarks Mr. Sapai said that regarding using and popularizing Afghani currency several reforms we have suggested in Paktia province and have also delegated a commission to follow the use of Afghani currency and those people and areas where currencies other than Afghani is used, will be introduced to attorney departments. And this problem will be solved when the people cooperate with their government.
The officials of the traffic department did not show up to the meeting, therefore, participants asked questions regarding public health issues and officials provided answers.
1-    Why the drugstores are sell expired medication to people?
2-    In order to check and test medications, why there aren’t laboratories to examine the quality and date of medicines?
Dr. Akhtar Gul chief of rules and regulation directorate for public health department said, “Brother the real problem is not with drugstore, it is with traders and merchants who import expired medication, and expired medication is the a big concern for people of Paktia province, therefore we have assigned a commission to supervise and collect all the medications which are expired. And finally he said that in terms of supervising and evaluating medications there are two sectors within health department, 1- governmental procedures and private sectors. The public health departments is responsible to check and observe clinics and examine the medicine quality and check the dates, however, when expired medicines are imported and sold by drugstores, it is really challenging job to control, cooperation of the doctors and drugstores are required too.
The participants and officials thanked AYNSO for this productive program and officials promised to follow up the promises made by government officials.
The meeting finally ended at 4:00 PM after participants were served lunch and transportation cost were paid.


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