Parliamentary committee's directive on effective relief distribution

Parliamentary committee's directive on effective relief distribution

Jun 5, 2015-

The Industry, Commerce and Consumer Welfare Protection Committee under the Legislature-Parliament has directed the government to distribute the relief to the earthquake affected people in an effective manner.

The committee at its meeting on Friday drew the attention of the government towards its inability to provide corrugated zinc sheets to the quake-affected people for constructing temporary shelters even when the monsoon is about to begin.

The meeting also drew the government's attention towards the distribution of the relief materials by other means although it was said the same would be done through the one-door system and the relief being distributed focusing only in accessible areas instead of the remote ones, according to the committee president Bhisma Raj Angdambe.

Lawmakers speaking in the committee meeting today urged the government to pay special attention to making arrangements for construction of the temporary shelters for the earthquake survivors before the onset of the monsoon, providing round-the-clock power supply to the zinc sheet manufacturing industries and ensuring the regular supply of raw materials to boost production for meeting the growing demand.

Likewise, the lawmakers stressed on carrying out stringent market monitoring, stating the supply of foodstuff in the market was not smooth, that the traders and businessmen were cheating the consumers taking undue advantage of the disaster. They also complained that the role of the government mechanism too was not effective in this situation.

The lawmakers also expressed their dissatisfaction over the relief provided by the governmental and non-government bodies too were not effective and the nonchalance of the government towards distributing the relief materials stocked at the Tribhuvan International Airport and at the customs.

Lawmakers Ambika Basnet, Shanta Manavi, Shyam Kumar Shrestha, Subas Thakuri, among others slammed the government for what they said was government's ineffectiveness in relief distribution.

Minister for Commerce and Supplies Sunil Bahadur Thapa informed the committee that the government has set up a buffer stock for storage of food grain for the rainy season and the food grain would be immediately supplied to places facing shortages.

Stating that the Nepal Food Corporation, the National Trading Limited and the Salt Trading Corporation among other public utilities corporations were distributing the relief materials in an effective and efficient manner, he said the Ministry of Supplies was ready to abide by the Parliamentary directives in its letter and spirit.

In the meeting, the chiefs of the bodies under the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies reported to the committee about the relief reached to the earthquake affected areas.

Published: 05-06-2015 15:39

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