The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Hundreds of returnees to receive residential plots, commission

The commission for arranging and addressing the returnees’ problems has informed of the allocation and distribution of hundreds of land plots for the newly returning Afghan immigrants from the neighboring countries. According to the commission, the government has allocated 200,000 land plots for the newly deported refugees who lack shelter to build houses for themselves in some provinces of the country. The government is also ready to provide land for returnees who are interested in investing in the country, officials say. After beginning of deportation of Afghan refugees from the neighboring countries, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has created some committees to arrange the newly returning Afghan immi grants and address the challenges facing them. Based on the responsibilities of the committees, the task of one of the committee is to distribute land plots to the returnees who have no house or land to build houses for themselves. The head of the Land Plots Distribution Committee and the Acting Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Mawlavi Ataullah Omari, who visited Torkham to assess the problems of the returnees, said, the government will provide shelter for them. Mawlavi Omari said families returning from neighboring countries who needed land for businesses and investment would be given land plots. The returnees are also given permanent legal documents so they face no problem in the future and families who want to do business will be awarded contracts based on their needs and demand. However, the returnees want the government to provide them with land for building houses and employment opportunities. One of them, Sayed Hassan, who returned from Pakistan’s Multan city and currently lives in Shaikh Mesry township of Jalalabad, said besides shelter, finding jobs was another big problem. Hassan said: “We need both houses and employment, if the government does not provide us both, we will be forced to leave the country again.” The government of Pakistan, which launched a nationwide crackdown on undocumented Afghan refugees on November 1, has so far forcefully evicted about 450,000 Afghans. On this side, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), with firm destination has started creating of committee to arrange and address the problems of the returnees in the country’s ports, as thousands of the newly returning Afghan immigrants have been provided with necessary facilities and they have also transferred to their provinces. Meanwhile, a number of economic specialists said if the Islamic Emirate manages well the returnees and provides them with shelter and job opportunities, it will help the country’s economic development. Javed Husain

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.