By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the World Bank signed the financial document of the National Food Program (NFP) to assist 4.5 million destitute families across the country, a statement from the Presidential Press Office said on Thursday.
The document was signed by Acting Minister of Finance Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal and World Bank country director for Afghanistan Henry Kerali at the presence of President Ghani, Vice Presidents and a number of government official, the statement added.
Addressing the signing ceremony, President Ghani first extended his condolences for families of recent flash floods victims in different parts of the country, saying that NFP was not a charity but basic rights of people which would be implemented in line with the Constitution and the Islamic Republic framework.
The President Said that Dastarkhwan — a piece of cloth on which food is served —- was a beautiful word within Afghan culture, as according to him it brings people together and offering prayers to the court of Almighty Allah, the statement quoted. The president thanked the First Vice President for adding the suffix of Milie (national) to the program.
“When it comes to Dastarkhwan-e-Mili, it means equality among Afghans as enshrined in the Constitution,” the president said, as quoted in the statement.
The president said if people had owned electronic ID cards, then there would have been a proper money transfer system, where there would be no need for implementing this program through third party.
President Ghani said 4.5 million families would benefit from the NFP and termed it an unprecedented move in the history. He added in the first phase 123 districts, in the second stage 235 district, 14 cities and 19 provincial capitals would see the program’s implementation.
The president thanked the World Bank and said: “We need to change our administrative models and the big trust is that financial resources are being offered to the masses instead of written on paper.”
Meanwhile, Mujib Rahman Karimi, acting minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, said the program would cover 123 districts and 12,896 villages in 34 provinces, which accounted for 1.8 million families to benefit from the program. He also said that 86 million USD has been allocated for the first phase of the program. He also said another 2.7 million families would benefit from the program in the second phase.