Print Edition - 2015-06-05 | News
ID cards delay affects cash relief distribution
Jun 4, 2015-
A large number of quake victims awaiting Rs 15,000 cash relief from the government have started building temporary shelters as the relief distribution process has been delayed due to hassle in distributing identity cards.
In the absence of a proper mechanism, the authorities concerned have been facing problems in preventing repetition as in some cases people from same household have been found demanding relief more than once saying that they are from another family.
According to Shree Krishna Poudel, executive officer at Chautara Municipality, the delay in relief distribution has already added woes to quake victims in remote areas. “As technical teams have to walk for days, it will take at least two months before the system is fully operational,” he said, adding that the identity cards and cash relief distribution process had been slow due to lack of manpower.
Furthermore, District Disaster Relief Committee members said they are planning to distribute identity cards to victims at four wards starting Thursday. As of Thursday, only 2,000 households have registered themselves as quake victims.
The quake has damaged 95 percent of the total 66,648 houses in the district while a large number of the remaining houses too are on the verge of collapse.
In Kavre, Assistant Chief District Officer Arjun Prasad Sharma, said most victims in the district remain ignorant about identity cards and teams were deployed only on Tuesday to assess damage. While a number of teams have headed to remote VDCs, including, Budhakhani, Chyamrangbesi, Gharti-chhap, Phoksingtar and Gokuke, a few of them are yet to receive the letter correspondence. In Gorkha, only 4,000 victims have received their identity cards and the cash relief. The District Disaster Relief Committee itself is accused of being apathetic and slow in its work. Officials said they have received reports on the statute of victims only in 40 out of 60 VDCs till date.
A team led by VDC secretary has been engaged in damage assessment in each village. Meanwhile, the whereabouts of 40 people presumed missing is yet to be ascertained, their families have been deprived of cash relief as they are yet to get identity cards.
(With inputs from Rishiram Poudel in Sindhupalchok, Nagendra Adhikari in Kavre and Sudip Kaini in Gorkha)
Published: 05-06-2015 08:16