New York Times News Service, Kabul.
Published by: Dev Kashyap
Updated to Tuesday, 26 October 2021 02:41 AM IST
The scheme of giving wheat in lieu of work was started in Afghanistan at a time when the country was not receiving aid from abroad or the money confiscated abroad was not released from Afghanistan.
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The scheme of giving wheat in return for work was started at a time when the country was not receiving foreign aid and was not even releasing the Afghan money confiscated abroad. Taliban spokesman Jabiullah Mujahid said 40,000 men would be given jobs in the capital, Kabul alone, under the Grain for Work scheme. Mujahid said it was an important step forward in the fight against unemployment. Workers are also told to work hard.
Power supply is also difficult
The power supply in the country is also facing difficulties as supply from neighboring countries is disrupted due to non-payment to them. On the other hand, the United Nations has already warned that winter in the country could become very dangerous because there are no facilities or adequate food arrangements for people to be treated.
The plan is valid for two months only
The food grains scheme instead of work in the country will run for two months, in which the laborers will not be paid. A Taliban spokesman said the plan was aimed at providing jobs for those currently unemployed. These people face the threat of starvation as early as winter. During this time 11,600 tons of wheat were distributed in the capital, Kabul alone. 55,000 tonnes of wheat will be distributed in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif and Pol-e-Khomri districts. Workers in Kabul are given tasks such as digging canals and digging trenches for snow.