Govt to dole out festival cash to flood victims

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Govt to dole out festival cash to flood victims

Sep 27, 2014-

The Central Disaster Relief Committee (CDRC) under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) on Saturday decided to provide additional relief amount worth Rs 3,000 and Rs 50 each to families affected by floods and landslides as festival allowances and daily living respectively.

A CDRC meeting, chaired by Home Minister Bamdev Gautam, agreed to provide financial assistance to the flood victims, particularly those living in the Mid-western and Far-western regions of the country, said Yadav Koirala, chief at the Disaster Management Division under the Home Ministry.

The decision follows a directive from the State Affairs Committee of the Legislative Parliament to the concerned authorities, including the Home Ministry, to increase the relief amount for the victims in view of the upcoming Dashain and Tihar festivals. The government had earlier decided to provide Rs 500 and Rs 35 as Dashain expense and daily expense respectively to each affected family.  The State Affairs Committee had directed Home and Finance Ministries to allocate at least Rs 2,000 each to flood affected family and provide daily expenses as per the existing market value.

Over 200 people were killed and property worth millions was destroyed in flood-related incidents this monsoon, with Bardiya, Banke, Dang and Surkhet in the Mid West being the most affected districts.

According to Koirala, the meeting also decided to expedite the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the infrastructure destroyed in the disaster. The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development has been directed to oversee the reconstruction of the damaged suspension bridges and roads, while Ministries of Education, and Health and Population would focus in reconstruction and rehabilitation of schools and health institutions damaged by the floods.  The government has already distributed Rs 160 million for relief and rehabilitation.

Published: 28-09-2014 10:28

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