‘Aid must be prioritised based on nat’l needs’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 18, 2015-

CPN-UML has said that rather than accepting the propositions of the donors and developing partners at the June 25 donors’ conference, Nepal should appeal for aid prioritised based on national needs.

UML acting chief Bam Dev Gautam, who also leads the party in the Sushil Koirala-led government as deputy prime minister and home minister, said the donors’ support for quake victims should be in accordance with the local needs.

“Our presence should not be as weak country in the conference, rather we should present ourselves as a rising nation with clear action plan to rebuild quake-ravaged villages,” Gautam said on Thursday.

UML has suggested the government to make the donors’ conference a grand success and result-oriented. The party believes that the aid must be deposited in the Prime Minister Natural Disaster Relief Fund and put to use as per the national need.

Gautam also said that only a small amount of foreign aid was received by the country for earthquake relief works, contrary to the pledges made by several foreign governenments in the wake of the April 25 earthquake. “It seems the world is becoming selfish these days. We could not get enough aid when earthquake caused massive devastation in the country,” said Gautam, claiming that foreign aid was higher when other countries in the world witnessed similar kind of disasters.

Gautam further said that Nepal will not rely on donors for post-disaster recovery projects, if they do not agree to comply with the standards set by the government. “We will table cost estimation for rebuilding at the donors’ conference. If they don’t support us, we will rebuild on our own,” Gautam said.

A report prepared by the National Planning Commission has estimated that Nepal needs $6.6 billion to rebuild the infrastructure damaged by the earthquake.

Published: 19-06-2015 07:58

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