Quake survivors still await govt relief

- KUMBHARAJ RAI, OKHALDHUNGA

Jul 9, 2015-

Earthquake-hit people in various villages in the district are still awaiting government relief amount meant for building temporary shelters.

Sher Bahadur Ghimire, 76, of Taluwa-7 in the district said the secretary in his VDC has not yet provided him the relief amount though his house was damaged by the earthquake. “A government team categorised my house as completely ravaged but I have not yet received the cash amount,” he told Local Development Officer Shatrughan Prasad Pudasaini on Wednesday. Ghimire said if government provides Rs 15,000, he can construct a temporary shelter for the rainy season.

LDO Pudasaini said Ghimire can receive the relief amount after submitting an application.

Meanwhile, Taluwa VDC Secretary Kul Bahadur Katwal said he has not

distributed the cash to those quake-affected people who have not pulled down their damaged house. “Chief District Officer has directed us to provide the amount only to those people who have dismantled their unsafe houses,” he clarified, adding that the District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) took such decision. Katwal said there are many quake survivors like Ghimire and they are still awaiting relief from the government.

Some VDC secretaries said they have also not been able to distribute relief amount owing to the decision of the CDO Ganesh Prasad Bhattarai, who has already been transferred to another district.

Ishwor Dhungana, chairman of the VDC Secretary Welfare Center in the district, said quake survivors should not be deprived of relief amount.

Sources said CDO Bhattarai had taken such decision to prevent misuse of government relief fund after many people whose houses suffered minor cracks

started demanding the amount submitting forged documents. Meanwhile, new CDO Yadav Subedi said Bhattarai’s decision has been nullified that the matter has been communicated to the concerned ministry.

According to the DDRC, of Rs 271.8 million allocated to quake-hit areas in the district, Rs 243.7 million has already been distributed to quake survivors.

Officials said 18, 064 houses were destroyed, 13,428 houses partially damaged and 7,033 houses suffered minor damage in the district due to the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks.

Published: 10-07-2015 08:37

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