Officials report sharp rise in government’s income from transportation sector

The Ministry of Transportation reported a sharp rise in the income of government from transportation sector, stating the revenue collection during the current year shows a rise of almost 200 per cent.

The Transportation Minister Mohammad Hamid Tahmasi told reporters that income from the transportation sector during the first and second quarter of the current fiscal year shows an increase of 203 per cent as compared to the same period last year.

He said the income have mainly been collected from the central as well as provincial branches and ports of the country.

In regards to the ongoing efforts against corruption and reforms, Tahmasi said the ministry’s leadership has taken key steps for reforms in the administrative setup, provision of transportation facilities, and establishment of system and mechanism for the collection of income.

According to Tahmasi, the revenue collection from the central branches and ports during the first and second quarter of the year has reached to 219 million which was 72 million during the same period last year.

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Taliban earn $4.8 million annually from Kajaki Dam

The Taliban militants group earn around $4.8 million annually from Kajaki dam located in the restive southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The provincial council officials have said the group earns almost 90 per cent of the income of the dam on yearly basis.

Majid Akhunda, deputy provincial council chief, told RFE/RL that the group has formed a special unit to collect the income generated from the dam.

He said the 90 per cent income of the dam is almost equal to 500 million Pakistani Rupees which is equivalent to $4.77 million.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

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