Int’l partners willing to help Nepal: PM

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 23, 2015-

As the country readies for the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tuesday said the success of the donors’ meet would largely depend on how Nepal performs as a nation by mobilising the funds and resources effectively. The government is organising the event on Thursday to garner wider international support for rehabilitation and reconstruction works.

“The international partners including India, China and the US have already pledged to assist Nepal in the post-earthquake recovery works,” said Koirala, while receiving a cheque for Rs 44.31 million from the Kantipur Media Group (KMG) for the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund, at Baluwatar on Tuesday.

The prime minister said that in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of April 25 he held talks with US President Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese leaders to seek their assistance in Nepal’s reconstruction. “They were very concerned about Nepal and willing to offer whatever help is required to recover from this crisis,” Koirala said.

 KMG Chairman and Managing Director Kailash Sirohiya had handed over the cheque to the prime minister. The amount was collected through the Kantipur National Crisis Assistance Fund as a contribution to the relief and rehabilitation works for the earthquake-affected people.

Prime Minister Koirala thanked the KMG for the initiative it had taken to help out the earthquake victims. He assured that the amount collected in the Prime Minister Disaster Fund will not be misused.  

“The money will be expressly utilised for the purpose it was collected. I, personally, am seeing to the mobilisation of the fund to maintain transparency,” Koirala said.

He also informed the KMG delegation that the tasks of constitution writing and post-disaster recovery projects will take place simultaneously.

“The process of constitution drafting has begun and I am committed to concluding this task as soon as possible,” Koirala said. He added that the 16-point agreement of June 8 among the major political parties have instilled the hope for early promulgation of a new constitution among the public.

Published: 24-06-2015 08:09

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