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‘78% of Afghans Earn Just $59 Monthly’

Taliban-led Ministry of Economy said that the per capita income of the country’s citizens is estimated at 37,418 Afghani and the ministry has plans for the growth of the economy in the country….reports Asian Lite News

The monthly income of 78 per cent of people in Afghanistan has decreased to USD 59, Tolo News reported citing a survey by an organisation conducted in Afghanistan’s national capital Kabul.

The Afghanistan-based media outlet reported that the organisation conducted a survey of 381 people in 9 provinces and asked them about their monthly income and 73 per cent of them claimed that their income is less than 5,000 Afghani or USD 59.

The survey was done by the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE). It is an international humanitarian agency delivering emergency relief and long-term international development projects.

It reported that the residents of Afghanistan spoke about the financial problems and asked the Taliban to pay attention to the issue.

“The people of Afghanistan are currently living below the poverty line. There is unemployment. Relief organizations and foreign organizations should help the people of Afghanistan and the people need help in this difficult situation because there is a lot of unemployment,” said Yasser, a Kabul resident.

“In these two years since the Islamic Emirate came to Afghanistan, unemployment has increased, the economy has become very bad, and the condition of the people is also bad,” said Omidullah, a Kabul resident.

Meanwhile, the Taliban-led Ministry of Economy said that the per capita income of the country’s citizens is estimated at 37,418 Afghani and the ministry has plans for the growth of the economy in the country.

“Currently, the per capita income is approximately 37,418 afghani due to the economic growth, the increase in gross production and the opportunity for work -these are the main drivers of the regional connection. In the field of infrastructure projects, domestic and foreign investments and support for domestic production are in the plans of the ministry,” said Abdul Rahman Habibi, spokesman for the Ministry.

‘Pursue normalisation’

Amid ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan under the Taliban, the US’ special envoy to Afghanistan, Thomas West has underlined serious challenges impeding de-facto authorities’ efforts to normalise relations with the international community, the majority of which are the result of their policies, reported Khaama Press.

Speaking at the nonpartisan think tank Stimson Centre in Washington on Tuesday, West expressed doubt about the Taliban regime in Afghanistan pursuing normalisation with the international community.

He emphasised that such normalisation is difficult until there is a significant change in their treatment of the populace, anticipating that the international community will remain united.

The Taliban (IEA) must prioritise meeting security duties, West said, according to Khaama Press.

The international community and the US insist that the current Afghan leadership establish a more inclusive political structure that protects women’s rights to education and work.

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, they have implemented harsh regulations that prevent women from seeking education and career possibilities.

Notably, with the resurgence of the Taliban in August 2021 in Afghanistan, the country’s educational system has suffered a significant setback. As a result, girls have been deprived of access to education, and seminaries or religious schools have gradually filled the void left by schools and universities.

Afghanistan’s women have faced numerous challenges since the Taliban returned to power in 2021. Girls and women in the war-torn country have no access to education, employment and public spaces. The Taliban has imposed draconian restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly, and movement for women and girls. (ANI)

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