Govt releases Rs 3 billion for warm clothes

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jan 3, 2016-

The government has released over Rs 3 billion rupees to provide an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 to each household of earthquake victims for buying warm clothes in 22 quake-hit districts.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) had set aside over Rs 5 billion after media reports shed light on the hardship and plights of the earthquake victims with the onset of winter.

In a detail made public on its website, the MoHA stated that a total of Rs 3,022,660,000 has been spent in districts including Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Dhading, Nuwakot, Ramechap, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur among others affected districts. 

The local administration had provided Rs 10,000 to Rs 302,266 households to buy warm clothes. This sum was provided from respective village development committees and municipalities.

From among the districts, Sindhupalchowk distributed the amount to 71,299 households from the earmarked Rs 755,000,000. The district has demanded an additional Rs 103,301,000. In Gorkha, 22,082 affected households got Rs 10,000 respectively from among Rs 400 million that was earmarked. The district has demanded an additional Rs 300 million. 

Similarly in Dhading, 13,000 households have received the amount while in Dolakha 23,750 households received the amount. Inside Kathmandu, 21,020 households have been provided with the immediate relief amount.

Secretary at the Home Ministr Narayan Gopal Malego said they still require an additional Rs 959,750,000 as demanded by the districts. He said they have written to the Ministry of Finance to release the required amount. "The distribution of the amount is still underway," said Malego.

Published: 03-01-2016 19:27

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