Afghanistan’s Traffic Police on Duty for Five Months Without Pay
After the Taliban took control of the country, the traffic police were among the first employees of the former government to return to work at the city’s intersections and busy roads. Now, more than four months after August 15, the salaries of traffic police soldiers have not been paid. Officials in the Taliban-led government say their salaries will be paid soon.
Some traffic police officers in Parwan province are in poor economic condition. They say that although they have been on duty every day since the Taliban took over the country, they have not received their salaries. Farhad is one of the traffic officers in Charikar city, the capital of Parwan province. He has not received his salary for five months and, according to himself, is now in a bad economic situation. Farhad has been working in the traffic management of Charikar city for nine years. Speaking to Hasht-e Subh, he said that he had to sell some household items and even his mobile phone due to his daily living expenses. “There are six of us in the family and, I have not been paid for five months,” Farhad said. “I am in poverty now. I have sold household items, such as televisions and refrigerators, as well as my phone so that my family members do not go hungry. The Taliban have promised to pay us several times, but it has not been paid yet.”
Mohammad Yahya Amiri, another member of the Charikar traffic police, said that although the traffic police were the first government employees to return to work after the Taliban came to power, their salaries had not yet been paid by the Taliban-led government. According to Amiri, most of the employees of Parwan Traffic Directorate did not buy their winter fuel due to a lack of salary. “We returned to our duties two days after the Taliban took control, now most of the salaries of government employees have been paid, but we have not received them yet, many of our colleagues have not yet bought fuel,” Amiri added.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Karim, head of traffic management at the Parwan Police Command, said that most of the staff could not even afford to pay for car fares. “A number of our staff, who come and go from Kabul and the districts, are in a bad economic situation,” he told Hasht-e Subh. “They barely pay the car fares, they even stand on the side of the road for many days to find a driver and transport them for free.”
Meanwhile, local officials of the Taliban-led government in Parwan province say that the list of traffic in the province has been sent to the center and, their salaries will be paid soon. Abdul Manan Farooqi, the head of the Taliban’s traffic department for Parwan province, told Hasht-e Subh that non-payment of salaries was a big problem for the country’s traffic and that their salaries would be paid by the Taliban as soon as possible.
According to the traffic management statistics of Parwan province, currently, more than 50 traffic policemen of the former government are on duty in different parts of the province. Traffic police in Parwan province are complaining about the non-payment of their salaries by the Taliban-led government. In the past four months, more than 225 million afghanis have been collected from the collection and salaries of two months of government employees, the agency said in a statement.
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Source: Hasht-e Subh Daily