Ganga Maya gets Rs 2m in relief

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Feb 15, 2015-

The government has decided to give a lump sum of Rs2 million to Ganga Maya Adhikari, the widow of Nanda Prasad Adhikari who died while on a fast in September last year, as a special relief package.

In addition, the government will deposit Rs10 million in a bank, the interest of which she will be receiving on a monthly basis.

In October, Ganga Maya had ended a year-long hunger strike after the government promised to book the murderers of her son Krishna Prasad. Other offers included security for her family and free accommodation and health care for Ganga Maya throughout her life. Ganga Maya’s teenage son Krishna Prasad was allegedly murdered after abduction by then rebel Maoists from his home in Fujel of Gorkha in 2004.

“We will hand over the amount once the Finance Ministry releases it,” said Damodar Bhandari, spokesman for the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction.

Khum Raj Punjali, secretary at the ministry, met Ganga Maya on Sunday at Bir Hospital, where she is recuperating, to convey the decision. Nanda Prasad’s final rites are yet to be performed as his son Noor Prasad has not received the body yet.

“The government had decided to take the responsibility of carrying out the last rites of the deceased, but we can not go ahead without the consent of his family,” said Bhandari.

One of the demands of Ganga Maya is that the murderers of her son be brought to justice.


Published: 16-02-2015 08:44

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