President Ashraf Ghani presided over the government leadership virtual meeting at the presidential palace today and discussed a range of issues particularly free bread distribution initiative to the needy people in 33 cities and challenges to its implementation.
First Vice-president Amrullah Saleh said a number of volunteer individuals and civil society members in the capital and provinces joined hand with the government and contributed to the bread distribution process.
The first vice-president said municipalities, guilds, unions, ulama, vendors and shop owners should be engaged in the process to help the government use available resources and capacities to reach out to more people in need, while ensuring transparency in the process.
First Vice-President Saleh added that those bakeries, neighbourhood representatives, civil servants and activists who have taken an active part in the process should be recognized an commended.
Abdul Matin Bek, IDLG General Director presented his report on the distribution process and said thousands of families in need could benefit from the initiative and underlined that efforts have been in place to minimize the challenges ahead.
Daoud Sultanzoy, the Kabul Mayor said the initiative is going on properly in Kabul in collaboration with the neighbourhood representatives. He added that the challenges are not very serious that can slow down or disrupt the process, underscoring that the Kabul Municipality stands ready to ramp up efforts to deliver more assistance to people.
President Ghani expressed appreciation to all individuals and institutions engaged in the process and said addressing the needs of the poor is among the paramount priorities of the government.
He added that government has put well-devised plans in place to deal with the negative effects and fallout caused by the spread of coronavirus.
The president instructed the relevant institutions to create a database of the poor and destitute people to help the government to address their needs in times of hardship and crisis.
The president expressed satisfaction over the lessons learned and experiences earned after and during spread of corona virus in the country that enabled the government to mobilize available resources to manage assistance delivery initiatives such as bread distribution to the poor.
He highlighted the government of Afghanistan was able for the first time to take over and manage a wide-ranging initiative in a short period of time without being relied on other institutions.
The president talked over the cooperation by the private sector, mosques, social institutions and stressed the need to ensure transparency in the process. He said the responsible institutions need to share details of their expenses with the Ministry of Finance to assure Afghan people of transparency in the process.
President Ashraf Ghani shed light on other assistance packages of the government in the future and said with the support of the World Bank, the government is working on assistance packages to be able to provide essential items to our poor compatriots along with bread distribution program.
The government leadership also analysed and reviewed the current status in fighting covid-19, predications and challenges, level of preparation of health institutions as well as public awareness programs.
Given the fact that currently there is no medicine to treat covid-19 and the high vulnerability of our people, the government leadership stressed that people need to follow health instructions and instructed the Ministry of Public Health and other pertinent institutions to extend their efforts to implement their plans on fighting the pandemic.