Adopt one-door policy: Panel

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 7, 2015-

The Parliamentary International Relations and Human Rights Committee on Thursday directed the government to bring foreign assistance meant for relief and rehabilitation of earthquake victims through government mechanism adopting a one-door policy.

A meeting of the Committee decided that it would be appropriate to collect and spend money through Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. The parliamentary panel made such decision at a time when some donor agencies are planning to carry out relief efforts through their own mechanism. “We have directed the government to spend all money through a systematic way adopting the one-door policy because piecemeal distribution of money would not produce substantive result,” said Committee Chairman Prabhu Sah.

Sah said if donor agencies spend money through their own mechanism, it would be very difficult to maintain transparency. In the meeting, lawmakers criticised the government for lack of coordination among Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs in the aftermath of the earthquake. Both ruling and opposition parties’ lawmakers criticised the government for the delay in relief distribution.

In the meeting, lawmakers were critical of the role of some foreign rescue teams. They asked the government to send back the foreign rescue teams as soon as possible. The government has already decided to send back the foreign rescuers. (PR)

Published: 08-05-2015 09:19

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