Print Edition - 2015-03-31 | MONEY
House committee tells govt to rebuild
- conflict-damaged infrastructure
Mar 30, 2015-The Development Committee of the Legislature-Parliament on Monday directed the government to complete the reconstruction of the infrastructure destroyed during the conflict in the next three years.
In order to ensure that the ambitious target of finishing the task by fiscal 2017-18 is achieved, the House panel has instructed the line agencies, namely the Ministry of Finance (MoF), National Planning Commission (NPC) and Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR), to mobilize the resources required for the reconstruction besides maintaining efficient coordination.
“Since the facilities damaged during the war era are vital for providing services in remote areas and maintaining peace and harmony, they need immediate attention and reconstruction,” the committee said.
It has directed the government to arrange the necessary funds so that the reconstruction programme does not encounter any hurdles and is completed on schedule.
Similarly while reconstructing the infrastructure, the committee has directed the stakeholders to be farsighted and analyze the services required for at least the next 25 years and prepare their plans accordingly.
In 2007, the government established the Post-Conflict Peace and Reconstruction Project (PCPRP) and the Relief and Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) to carry out the task of reconstruction and relief distribution in three years. However, progress has been slow due to lack of adequate budget.
According to the data of the PCPRP which operates under the MoPR, 8,916 public structures were destroyed during the Maoist conflict. Among them, only 3,306 structures had been fully rebuilt as of the fiscal year 2013-14.
A total of 2,149 school buildings, 2,072 village development committee (VDC) office buildings and 1,047 local government office buildings were destroyed during the conflict, according to government reports.
Likewise, 986 district headquarter office buildings and 101 suspension bridges were demolished.
Meanwhile, the committee has also directed the government to find out and update the actual status of the damaged facilities and their number, prepare a periodic plan for their reconstruction, summarize it and submit periodic reviews to the committee every four months.
Likewise, the House panel has instructed the MoPR to reveal within the next four months its plans for the utilization of the camps where Maoist combatants were housed during the conflict.
According to the parliamentary committee, it has felt a need to make field visits to inspect the damaged infrastructure to find out the actual status of the reconstruction process and has told the MoPR to make the necessary arrangements.
Published: 31-03-2015 09:40