Projects for flood victims ‘ineffective’

- ABDhESH KUMAR JHA, BIRATNAGAR

May 30, 2014-

Although millions of rupees has been spent in rehabilitating and launching income-generating programmes in the Koshi flood affected areas, the achievement has been comparatively insignificant, concerned authorities said.

Many victims are still awaiting compensation and relief even six years after the flood. Out of the relief package worth Rs 1.62 billion announced by the government for the victims under different headings, about Rs 200 million is yet to be spent.

Om Kumar Basnet, administrative officer at the District Administration Office, said they are unable to spend the amount as they are yet to purchase land for the displaced and provide relief to some victims owing to a dispute over land ownership.

Meanwhile, Pancha Narayan Khang, then vice-chairman of the Koshi Victim Struggle Committee, said an agriculture and livestock programme being implemented by the Regional Agriculture Directorate (RAD) in Biratnagar has also been ineffective. For instance, he said, though goats and pigs were provided to 100 flood victim families under this programme, only a few of them are engaged in the business at present. Mahendra Kumar Yadav of the RAD said the programme has been affected as they are not authorised to use the budget approved by the Finance Ministry.

Published: 31-05-2014 09:15

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