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Nepalis, foreigners free to bring in relief for quake-hit
May 3, 2015-
The Foreign Ministry has clarified that Nepalis and foreigners living abroad can bring relief packages for distribution in the country. Such packages should not exceed 96 tonnes at a time, the ministry said.
The ministry officials, however, said the relief packages exceeding the airport’s load capacity will be refused. “The situation where the relief packages could exceed the load capacity should be brought in two shifts,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tara Prasad Pokhrel.
Meanwhile, refuting claims that the ministry had obstructed any foreign donors from contributing to Nepal, Pokharel said: “If anyone brings relief from abroad by considering the load limit, we have no intention to stop them.”
Pokhrel also made it clear that relief packages must be sent to Nepal only after ensuring the place of distribution and person or organisation responsible for the distribution.
While reiterating that the relief packages are waived of customes duty, he said the ministry had been keeping a close watch to prevent any irregularities in the guise of relief packages.
PM for quick distribution of aid
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that tents, dry food, equipment and medicine top the government’s list of relief materials for distribution in the earthquake-affected regions. At a meeting with Executive Director of World Food Program Ertharin Cousin at his residence Baluwatar on Sunday, PM Koirala said if such items needed to be distributed to the quake victims before monsoon. In a statement, the PM also pointed out that many of the quake victims have been deprived of basic needs. Cousion said that the WFP was aiming to provide food assistance to 1.4 million people in the country. (PR)
Published: 04-05-2015 09:18