Will use relief cash for creative purposes, say victims

- PRAKASH ADHIKARI, NUWAKOT

Jun 3, 2015-

A number of quake-affected people, including relatives of those who died in the April 25 quake and subsequent aftershocks, have pledged to use the compensation amount received from the government in the name of the deceased individuals for various creative purposes.

At a time when people are trying to salvage every penny for reconstruction and relocation purposes, the generous act of a number of earthquake survivors is truly beyond description.

The government has been providing Rs 140,000 to each family of deceased quake victims – Rs 40,000 in the name of the person who died and the remaining in the name of his/her family – from the District Administration Office (DAO).

A number of relatives of deceased quake victims had reached the DAO on Wednesday clad in white and wearing a grim expression to receive the compensation. Despite their attempt to keep their emotions at bay, their heartache could easily be seen through their eyes.

Local Harka Singh Tamang from Kahule said that a majority of those who had lost their loved ones had taken loans to perform the final rites of the deceased as per their respective religious belief.

 Tamang said that the compensation amount received government would be used to pay their debts and other liabilities.

Tamang, who had lost his mother to the quake, said that he intends to use the compensation amount to perform her final rites and the remainder on social work. Likewise, Nawaraj Poudel, who had been contemplating on constructing a new house after the earthquake, assured that he would use the compensation amount on helping educate the illiterate people.

Meanwhile, a number of those who had lost their children to the quake said they will be setting up a trust fund in their child’s memory from the compensation they will receive from the government.

As of date, the DAO has distributed around Rs 56.2 million as compensation to the families of 412 out of the total 1,086 people listed dead in quake-related incidents in the district. According to

CDO Kosh Hari Niraula, they had been distributing the compensation amount on the basis of police report through bank accounts to make the process effective and ensure that the sum reaches to the right person.

Published: 04-06-2015 07:32

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