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SIGAR expresses concern over salary of Afghan police

(Last Updated On: October 7, 2014)

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The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, disclosed a series of letter exchanges, the administrator of the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), detailing the allegations.
SIGAR expressed concern about the Afghan government’s payment of inflated salaries, and payments to “ghost employees” who never worked and said that $ 23.8 million dollars were cut off from the Afghan police salaries.
John Sopko, the special inspector general, is investigating whether the UNDP-administered Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan may have misspent hundreds of millions of dollars.
In a Sept. 12, Sopko said he is looking into allegations that the Afghan interior ministry may have pocketed more than $200 million in so-called “deductions” over the past decade.
However, the ministry of interior denies the allegations and said that they are ready to present transparent information about the salaries of Afghan national police.
In the meantime, some of the Parliament members are believed that there are widespread corruptions in government agencies.
As of June 1, 2012, the Afghan government had filled less than 40 percent of authorized O&M positions. U.S. officials cited salary discrepancies between these ANSF positions and private sector jobs, such as contract positions, as a prime factor in the lagging recruitment efforts.

 

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