Ministry bars cash dole sans ID distribution

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 23, 2015-

Even after the government released Rs5.53 billion for cash relief to the families rendered homeless by the earthquake and despite mounting pressure from the local bodies for immediate distribution of Rs15,000 to each displaced household, the Home Ministry has instructed CDOs in the quake-hit districts not to hand out the money before issuing identity cards.

The ministry has in its working procedure that the cash should be doled out only on the basis of identity cards. However, some CDOs, under pressure from the affected families and the upcoming rainy season, had planned to give out the sum without the IDs after the government released funds to help the people buy zinc sheets or other materials to construct temporary shelters.

“The money has been deposited in our account but the ministry has asked us to distribute it only after issuing ID cards. Cash distribution will now take some time,” said Rasuwa Chief District Officer Uddav Prasad Bhattarai.

With monsoon less than three weeks away, homeless people are struggling to build temporary shelters. They are already frustrated at the delay in relief distribution, according to lawmakers who recently returned to Kathmandu after monitoring the post-quake scenario in the affected districts.

Some of the local authorities who were prepared to distribute the relief amount to victims as per the post-disaster needs assessment report are in a dilemma too. Dhading CDO Basudev Ghimire said they cannot go ahead with their decision now.

“The move is to ensure that the cash reaches real victims and for the sake of transparency,” said Home Ministry spokesman Laxmi Prasad Dhakal.

Published: 24-05-2015 06:34

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