Stop Making Government Institutions Inefficient
Taliban officials in Kunduz province fired some experienced staff from the province's agriculture, irrigation, and livestock department and replaced them with graduates of religious schools.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Yesterday (Sunday, December 5th), Taliban officials in Kunduz province had fired some experienced staff from the province’s agriculture, irrigation, and livestock department and replaced them with graduates of religious schools. In the past three and a half months, all government departments have witnessed such an approach by the Taliban-led government. The leaders of this group, regardless of the requirements, dismissed specialized and experienced people from their posts, replacing them with Taliban fighters, all of whom are trained in religious schools. Taliban mullahs and militants are now widely employed in government offices. According to a letter that was sent to Hasht-e Subh.
In the early days of the fall of Kabul, the Taliban began reemploying key personnel to key offices. Subsequently, the management of all security, educational, health, and economic institutions fell into the hands of Taliban members. The of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Higher , the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Revenue, and the Independent Directorates witnessed unprofessional changes. All government departments – central and local – have now undergone such changes.
Placing people who have no background in economics, management, business, health, and other modern technologies in important and key departments is not justified. At a time when specialization in all fields is an inevitable principle, the pre-civilized view of governance is catastrophic. In the present age, all over the world, people learn special skills in specific disciplines and areas, and after experimental courses, they are recruited to work in departments and institutions related to their expertise and experience. That is why providing services is satisfactory and governments treat their citizens responsibly.
Before the rise of the Taliban, although corruption had plagued institutions and prevented the formation of a responsible government in the country for years, at least the foundation of governance was based on the rule of law, the will of the people, professionalism, and universal values. By taking control of the country, the Taliban broke all these rules. The Taliban-led government now links everything to Sharia and rules the people with a legislative view of issues and needs.
Given the situation, the insufficient trend of public services in government institutions is understandable. Currently, tens of thousands of people in need of money are unable to withdraw cash from their accounts due to a stroke in the banking process. The country’s banking system is threatened with collapse. There is no plan to save the banks and the financial system. Afghanistan’s banks have been distributing a limited amount of money to their customers every week for months. The other sections deal with the same issue. Tens of thousands of applicants and those who need passports and identity cards have not been able to obtain and identity cards for months. The health system is also semi-active. Hospitals run out of medicine for the sick, and the Taliban-led government has no plans to curb the fourth -19 wave.
This situation is not the only result of the fall of the previous government. The Taliban’s view of governance is a major factor in this situation. The ruling government does not care about the expertise and experience of individuals. The Taliban, in addition to having no plans to activate government institutions and form a responsible and inclusive government in the country, has also destroyed the former government’s legacy. Many institutions are now inactive. If the situation continues like this, government departments will not be able to provide services soon.
The Taliban, as Afghanistan’s rulers, must understand that governance is different from war. Expertise, experience, meritocracy, legalism, respect for the people’s vote, and respect for human rights values are among the basic principles of governance. The provision of services, the establishment of order, and the construction of administration are made possible by the application of these principles. Surprisingly, the Taliban have turned a blind eye to the needs and requirements of governance today and are not afraid of the future. History has shown that it’s much harder to maintain power than it is to gain it.