Won’t tolerate relief MISUSE, says PM

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 25, 2015-

Insisting that the government has been conducting the relief operations in fair manner, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has warned that anyone found misusing the rescue and relief fund would be jailed.

The PM, taking suggestions from the National Information Commission for implementing transparency in relief operations, urged everyone for generous support to government’s relief operations.

Refuting the claims that the government was corrupt and partial in relief distribution, Koirala said the monitoring agencies are keeping a close watch on all the expenditure made by the government. He clarified that all the relief and reconstruction operations should be conducted through the state mechanism.

The commission has urged PM Koirala to disseminate authorised news and advisory on possible natural disasters.

Submitting the recommendations to the PM, NIC Chief Commissioner Krishna Hari Banskota urged the government to arrange a special package for media persons covering news in the quake-affected areas. He also pointed out the need to train the media personnel with necessary equipment.

Banskota urged the government to issue a public notice for providing relief package to the media houses that have suffered damages to their property in the earthquakes.

The commission has stated that the buildings of Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Radio Nepal, Nepal Television, Gorkhapatra Sansthan, Kantipur Publications, Naya Patrika Daily, Rajdhani Daily, Nepal Republic Media, Kamana News, Nepal News Network International, The Himalayan Times, Karobar Daily, Arthik Aviyan Daily and Himalaya Times have been damaged in the April 25 quake and aftershocks.

The commission submitted its suggestion and a memorandum letter prepared by 61 media persons to PM Koirala. Also present on the occasion were NIC commissioners Kiran Pokharel and Yasoda Timsina.

Published: 26-05-2015 07:01

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