Appointments in the Ministry of Trade and Industry

80% of high-ranking employees of the Ministry of Industry and Trade have been appointed without free competition

Mohammad Tahab Nawabi

While the unemployment rate among the educated and skilled youth of the country is rising dramatically, the investigative reports section of the Pasdaran Media Group has recently reached figures showing that: Out of a total of 29 high-ranking employees of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Only 6 of its employees have been hired based on free competition in two positions of this ministry and the rest have been appointed to these positions based on the ruling or based on the proposal. Also, according to new research by the police department of the media group of the police, more than thirty-three percent of current and central employees of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (Alumnus and sophomore graduated).

The list of high-ranking employees of this ministry based on the type of salary, degree, field of study, and ethnic composition in the following table, which has been prepared in collaboration with the Department of Information and Public Relations of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, is as follows:

On the other hand, the 164 central employees of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, who constitute more than 33% of the total permanent and central employees of this ministry, do not have a higher education degree.

Based on the figures obtained:

The number of current and central employees of the Ministry of Industry and Trade is 488
Employees hired under the contract 113 people
Baklo Ria – 108 people
Above Baklo Ria – 56 people
Bachelor – 273 people
Master 50 people

Also, one person in this ministry has a doctorate.

The list of central employees of this ministry based on ethnic composition is as follows:

Pashtun – 94 people
Tajik – 250 people
Hazara – 60 people
And the rest are Uzbeks, Turkmen, Ghezelbash, Aimaq, Sadat, etc., living in the country, of which 30 are high-ranking, 40 are middle-class and the rest are low-ranking.

Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade reported a total of 368 employees of its provincial offices to the media, including nine with a master’s degree, 144 with a bachelor’s degree, 54 with a bachelor’s degree, and 161 with a bachelor’s degree.

However, many educated and skilled young people in the country who have a higher education certificate are wandering in such offices to get jobs and employment in public and private offices.

Mohammad Rashad, a young man with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Kabul University, said he had used the internet dozens of times to apply for a job in one of the positions announced by some departments. Has been sent by government agencies, but due to considerations has not been hired in these offices.

Shafi Dehghan, who holds a master’s degree in political science from Chandigarh University in India, wanted to be employed in a government office because of his passion for his profession, and he used his specialized training to serve in this way. People, but according to him, due to lack of knowledge and relations with high-ranking government officials, he has not been able to get a job in such offices. Mr. Dehqhan says that this caused him to send his application to one of the international organizations to get the job. After going through the legal process and passing the free competition exam, he now works as a consultant in the litigation department With a decent salary, he is hired.

Yama Rasouli is another skilled and educated young man in the field of journalism who has been suffering from unemployment for several years. According to Rasouli, not only he but also most of his students who have a bachelor’s degree are unemployed and some of them have to work. Have brought hard.

According to the information obtained, some middle and high-ranking employees of the Ministry of Industry and Trade have also been appointed as directors or advisors in the high and middle positions of the Ministry, regardless of the criteria of employment and free competition. Considering this problem, experts say that the reason is the relationship between the rules of employment of government employees.

Many believe that the Ministry of Trade and Industry is not the only government agency with a low level of education, and some have been hired without recruitment criteria, but many of these agencies face such challenges.

However, this year, dozens of employees of the Ministry of Finance have been fired or fired due to corruption or those who were appointed to the ministry based on relationships and without considering the employment criteria.

This is despite the fact that in 2016 when the former Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) merged with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Industry and Trade) by order of President Ghani, more than 80% of its employees had higher education. A small number of them were recruited within the ministry, and the rest were fired by Ghorban Haqjou, who headed the department, under the pretext of bringing about reforms.