A number of Afghan youths complain the National Unity Government (NUG) is repeatedly announcing some vacant positions to portray itself as active in providing work opportunities for people, claiming that government institutions do not fill the vacancies at first announcement, therefore they announce them for a second time.
The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC), however, rejects these allegations as baseless, saying that it has not observed any such instance.
Tooryalai Zareen, a young civil activist who holds a master's degree, said he had applied for a specialist position re-announced by the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) three months before, but he has not heard anything back.
Talking to The Heart of Asia, Zareen alleged that some government institutions either announced vacancies already filled by individuals based on nepotism and personal relations or re-announced some job openings several time. "Some positions are intentionally kept vacant at a ministry, and they are announced repeatedly in order to keep job seekers busy applying for them."
The Heart of Asia has acquired information about the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT), and Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs (MoBTA), showing that they have re-announced the very vacancies, which were posted eight months ago, while the number of qualified young Afghans has increased more than ever.
Gul Wali Elham, a resident of Kabul City’s 5th Police District, said a vacancy for which he had applied eight months before has now been re-announced by MoBTA. "Despite meeting all the requirements, nobody, including me, has been hired for that position", he sighed.
The communication and public relations director position of MoBTA has also been announced for a second time after it was first announced in August 2016.
A reliable source from the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology revealed to The Heart of Asia that over 50 vacant positions of the Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) have been announced for a second time, but no one has been hired so far.
The e-Tazkira Department has recently announced 2,400 vacancies, for which 25,000 people have applied.
Sher Haidar, a civil activist, accused the government of repeatedly announcing some vacancies to show to the people that employment opportunities were made available to them.
A new unit has been established at the Presidential Palace, which collected documents from hundreds of people every day, he said, adding that it has not been able to hire even three people over the past two years.
We repeatedly tried to get through to the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission for a comment on the issue, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, IDLG spokesperson Munira Yousufzada strongly rejected the claims.
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