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Senate summons IARCSC, CIDCDA heads

Senate summons IARCSC, CIDCDA heads

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May 21, 2017 - 17:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday directed the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) and the Computerized Identity Cards Distribution Authority (CIDCDA) heads to appear before the upper house’s next session.

Last week, 20 senators staged a walkout in protest against not summoning IARCSC and CIDCDA heads and against a written test for employment as computerized ID cards distributers.

Two weeks back as many as 6,500 people took the written test for 500 posts, but some individuals complained the way the test was taken.

The Meshrano Jirga had summoned acting educationinfo-icon minister Asadullah Muhaqiq Jahani and acting finance minister Shafiq Ahmad Qarizada to today’s session, but the session could not be held due to a lack of quorum.

Only 10 lawmakers attended Sunday’s session but they took walked out in protest over the absence of colleagues and members of the administrative panel.

Mohammad Nader Baloch, a lawmaker from Nimroz province, told reporters: “People are facing numerous challenges today but the government is engaged in internal rifts that have a negative impact on the Meshrano Jirga as well.”

“Fueling ethnic and linguistic differences had never been in the interest of Afghanistaninfo-icon and such attempts are the handiwork of hostile agencies,” he added.

Nazar Mohamad Faqiri, another lawmaker, said: “The administrative penal should not allow the session to be adjourned. This house is the only hope of the people.”

Senate Chairman Muslimyar said: “Unfortunately today’s session could not be held. I talked to the protesting lawmakers today and tomorrow we will organize a special session. The government has pledged sending the authorities concerned to be questioned by lawmakers.”

He sought apology from the people and said the government should have taken the written test in two main languages.

Jahani said the lawmakers might have some important works as they did not attend the session.

He said issues related to textbooks’ distribution, plots distriution to teachers and lack of teachers needed to be discussed.

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