High-profile ministers seldom live an uncomfortable life around the world. But Khalid Payenda, who once presented a 6 billion USD budget in Kabul now drives an Uber in Washington DC. In an interview with The Washington Post, Khalid said that he earns a little over 150 USD in a day’s work.
The situation in Afghanistan deteriorated soon after the US government pulled out its military operations. The government of Afghanistan fell last year and the Taliban took over the country.
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About seven months after the Taliban took over the country, Khalid was spotted driving his Honda Accord in the USA. In the interview, Kalid also said that he is working every day to complete his targets. “If I complete 50 trips in the next two days, I receive a $95 bonus”, he said while driving the car.
Khalid Payenda also says that he is grateful for this opportunity as he uses the money to provide for his wife and four children.
Afghanistan is currently facing financial and humanitarian crises. Payenda resigned from his post of Finance Minister of the country about a week before the Taliban takeover. He said that the resignation is due to his differences with the then Prime Minister of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani.
Forty-year-old Khalid goes out on the roads every single day to earn his wages.
Former Communication Minister working in Germany
Sayed Sudaat, who is the former communication minister of Afghanistan was spotted in Germany as a delivery man. Sadaat moved to Germany last year in December. He was spotted in Leipzig city on a bicycle with a massive courier bag on his back.
In an interview, he said that a job is a job and he does not mind. Sadaat could not find a job in Germany that matches his skills. He holds degrees in communication and IT and was not able to find any suitable jobs in the country. With the Taliban closing in, many ministers and dignitaries left Afghanistan last year.
Uber India chief also picks up a passenger
Uber India and South Asia President, Mr Prabhjot Singh, decided to be behind the steering wheel of an Uber cab for a day. Mr Singh did this for understanding the needs and issues faced by the Uber customers on the ground level. It is a practice that is usually not done by a top honcho of a company operating in India. Singh decided to be an Uber driver for a few customers in the heart of the country, Delhi and Gurugram.
The day started with Prabhjot Singh helming the wheel of a Maruti Suzuki Dzire enrolled under Uber’s services as a daily cab.
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