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Afghanistan: Country on wrong track, private sector employees can get pension

Christian Fernsby |
Majority of Afghans still believe the country is headed the wrong way, but optimism has increased slightly, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Asia Foundation.

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36.1 percent of Afghans surveyed between July and August 2019 said that the country is going in the right direction, up from 32.8 percent in 2018.

In explaining reasons for their optimism, those who say “peace or end of war” has increased notably from 16.4 percent to 26.3 percent this year, according to the poll.

The survey also found that Afghans’ fear for personal safety increased to 74.5 percent from 71.1 percent last year.

Also, the willingness to leave Afghanistan if given the opportunity has grown to 37.9 percent from 36.8 percent in 2018.

Confidence in governmental and nongovernmental organizations has increased, with the exception of the Independent Election Commission, which has seen confidence drop from 43.3 percent in 2018 to 42.3 percent in 2019.

Meanwhile, 81.5 percent of Afghans surveyed this year said corruption is a major problem in their country, consistent with last year.

The survey said 65.1 percent of respondents were satisfied with democracy, a 3.7 percent increase over 2018.

Asked who should represent Afghanistan at the negotiating table, a plurality of Afghans (37.7 percent) named President Ashraf Ghani. The National Unity government (33.5 percent) and religious leaders (21.8 percent ) place second and third respectively.

Private sector employees can now get pension, Afghanistan's Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs said on Monday.

In a statement, the ministry said that a regulation on pension of workers of non-governmental institutions had been prepared in three chapters and 22 Articles and that it took effect following a presidential order.

The regulation requires employers to pay one-month salary for every year their employee has worked.

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