President Ashraf Ghani chaired the virtual cabinet meeting this morning at the Presidential Palace, in which the provincial governors were also connected through VTC.
The cabinet members were briefed providing one thousand new vacancies within the structure of Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs to respect the Islamic clerics – Ulama – of the country, and appointment of a delegation to evaluate its various aspects.
The cabinet condemned the rocket shelling of the Pakistani military on some areas of Spin Boldak district and Kunarprovince, recent Taliban’s attack in Logar as well as the terrorist assault on Nangarhar prison.
The cabinet members extended their condolences to the family of Late Sulaiman Layeq, the eminent Afghan academician, poet and author and assigned the relevant offices to adopt necessary measures for his funeral ceremony.
Based on the agenda, the plan to establish coordination among schools, mosques and universities and madrasas was presented in the meeting.
The president talked over his phone conversation with regional heads of state and government called “Eid Diplomacy” during the Eid-ul-Adha days.
The president added he mainly discussed implementation of national and regional projects such as TAPI and TUTAP, Lapis Lazuli and Chabahar corridors, extension of railroads to Herat and Kabul, construction of Shah-Toot dam, increase in volume of India’s wheat assistance to Afghanistan and other projects during his phone conversations with the presidents of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran as well as prime ministers of India and Pakistan.
In the phone conversations the regional heads of state and government have reaffirmed their commitment to help the Afghan government fight the spread of coronavirus, strengthen regional consensus and support for a peace process owned and led by the Afghan people and government while attaching importance to preserving the Republic and hard-earned gains of the past 19 years.
The cabinet members were also briefed on convening of the Consultative Loya Jirga, set to be held on August 7, as an embodiment of democracy and a national Jirga/gathering where the people of Afghanistan will be able to discuss the key lines on release of 400 Taliban prisoners and give the government a clear mandate to help it adopt proper policies in peace negotiations. Other issues such as task distribution to provincial governors, cabinet members and other government offices were brought under discussion to ensure a collective, coordinated, cohesive effort in arrangement of this significant event.
The cabinet assigned the Ministry of Higher Education to resume classes at universities and public and private institutes of higher education in accordance with the pre-determined plans of the ministry, while the Public Health Ministry’s instructions and precautionary health measures should sternly be taken into account.
Also ministries of Education and Public Health were instructed to develop a comprehensive plan on resumption of lessons at public and private schools with consideration to creating safe and healthy environment at schools, and receive feedbacks of relevant national and international organizations prior to presenting it to the upcoming cabinet meeting.
The cabinet approved that working hours of ministries and government offices in the capital and provinces will return to normal, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 8 to 1 on Thursdays, with an emphasis to following the MOPH health instructions at the workplace.
Administrative Office of the President was instructed to release the list of those high-ranking officials includingmembers of the Parliament who haven’t declared their assets yet.