MPs ask govt to step up aid

  • Cross-party lawmakers press for relief distribution before monsoon
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 10, 2015-

Criticising the government for its lacklustre approach in its relief efforts, cross-party lawmakers have urged it to work at a war-footing to provide aid to earthquake-affected people before monsoon. 

Speaking in Parliament over the common resolution motion registered by 31 parties on Sunday, the lawmakers expressed their concerns  that relief packages have not reached the remote areas even two weeks after the earthquake.

They asked the government to make preparations to immediately send tents, food and medicines to rural areas before the rainy season.

Lawmaker Agni Sapkota, who represents Sindhu-palchok district, said though 62,000 people are in need of tents, only 3,500 have got them. Pointing out that food items dispatched to the worst-hit areas are insufficient, he asked the government to send more relief materials there.

He suggested that the government make preparations in view of possible landslides in the district. “The government should form an expert panel to study the status of the hills and the possibility of landslide,” said Sapkota.

Sher Bahadur Tamang, another lawmaker from Sindhupalchok district, said the Great Earthquake should be utilised as an opportunity for reconstruction.

“We should bring settlements together to make them more secure. If we fail to do so we will face another crisis,” said Tamang.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Arjun Narasingh KC, who represents Nuwakot, another affected district, demanded immediate relief package and temporary shelters for earthquake-hit areas. He said properties of the people should be secured from the rubble.

Ram Maya Bogati, another lawmaker from Nuwakot district, asked the government to step up efforts to reach out to the affected people.

“The current pace of working is not sufficient, the government needs to speed up reconstruction and rehabilitation works,” Bogati said.

Sindhupalchok and Nuwakot are among the 14 worst-affected districts.

Underlining the need for effective implementation of a common resolution motion, CPN-UML lawmaker Amrit Kumar Bohara, who represents Sindhupalchok district, called for the formation of a national government to deal with the crisis.

Bohara asked the government to pay attention to reopen schools in the quake-affected districts.

UCPN (Maoist) lawmaker Janak Raj Joshi, who is also a former government secretary, said some forces were taking undue political and economic advantage from the earthquake. He said the government should maintain the world heritage sites and ancient monuments.

Bal Bahadur KC of the Nepali Congress said that the actual damage caused by the earthquake far exceeds the data collected by the government.

“Lack of secretaries in many VDCs has created problems in collecting accurate data, including the loss of lives and property,” said KC.

Published: 11-05-2015 07:52

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