Afghan Finance Ministry working on getting public sector salaries paid: Report

Taliban forces inside Afghan presidential palace. File Photo

Weeks after forming the government in Afghanistan, the Taliban is working on resolving a series of problems that have held up salaries for public sector workers; Reuters reported quoting the government’s finance ministry.

The report said that many public sector workers said they had not been paid for weeks and with banks imposing strict limits on cash withdrawals while prices for basic necessities rise, many face serious hardship.

Quoting ministry, the report said “technical problems” had led to a delay in paying salaries but special teams were working on resolving payroll issues as quickly as possible.

“Respected staff of the public administration can continue their work without any kind of worry,” the Ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page.

The statement contained no further details and it was not clear when salaries might be paid. It came as the new government grapples with a severe shortage of cash, with more than $9 billion in reserves held outside Afghanistan still blocked.

The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday that Afghanistan faced a “looming humanitarian crisis” but its funding to the country remains on hold, the report said.


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