Quake-hit get relief amount via mobile sets

- SUDIP KAINI, Gorkha
Quake-hit get relief amount via mobile sets

Jun 4, 2015-

Villagers whose houses were razed to the ground or damaged beyond repair by the recent earthquake and powerful aftershocks at Mashel VDC in Gorkha district have received relief amount to construct temporary shelters through e-voucher SMS in their respective mobile sets.

The technology has been used in Mashel VDC office to provide relief amount of Rs 15, 000 to each earthquake victim to buy galvanized zinc sheets on Tuesday.

“Earthquake victims can collect the relief amount released for the purpose of building temporary shelters from Prabhu Bank after receiving the e-voucher SMS,” said Sanjaya Saha of Hello Nepal Company. Likewise,the bank has also informed

that the victims can collect amount from the district headquarters.

Various social organisations collaborating with ACT Alliance member DanChurchAid have provided relief amount to construct temporary shelters to 542 households in Mashel VDC. These organisations have also taken permission from the District Disaster Management Committee for distribution of relief materials.

Meanwhile, locals are receiving the relief amount after showing a message containing e-voucher in their mobile phone sets.

After the initial success in Mashel VDC, relief amount is also being distributed through e-voucher SMS in Tanglichok and Dhawa VDCs.

“SMS technology is more fast and reliable while distributing the relief amount,” said Saha, adding that the earthquake victims can easily collect the money provided to them as relief through this technology.

Saha also assured that there is simply no risk of earthquake victims receiving the relief amount twice as the data of the recipient is stored automatically in the system.

The sight of quake victims standing in line with their mobile sets in hands to get relief amount has become common in the district. Local Padam Bhatta said there’s simply no risk of theft or loss while receiving money through SMS.

In the past, the technology had been used to provide relief amount to the fire-victims in Sarlahi.

Published: 05-06-2015 08:11

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