71,000 families await cash relief

- PRAKASH ADHIKARI, Nuwakot

Jul 12, 2015-

Local authorities have provided cash relief meant for building temporary shelters to only 5,000 of the total 76,000 quake-affected families in the district.

The survivors, however, said they were happy to receive the aid even around two and a half months after the quake. Upon receiving the cash relief of Rs 15,000 from a team of officials led by Chief District Officer Umesh Kumar Dhakal on Sunday, Indra Kumari Rai, 66, of Ganesthan-4 thanked the government and said she will use the amount in buying galvanised zinc sheets to build a shelter for her family. Like Indra Kumari, most quake affected people at Ganesthan-4, 5 and 6 said they plan to purchase galvanised zinc sheets with the cash relief. Local Development Officer Rajendra Kumar KC said the relief distribution process was delayed due to a sudden increase in the number of affected families. He, however, said they plan to provide the cash relief as well identity cards at the same time.

Meanwhile, complaining about the haphazard relief distribution by some non-government organisations in the area, Shanta Adhikari of Ganesthan said people in her village got nothing though those from the neighbouring Chaughada, Kabilash, Narja and Khanigaun received some relief materials in the past. Officials said most of the quake-hit families in Barsunchet, Kimta, Kabilash, Okharpauwa and Bidur Municipality have received the cash relief.

Some of the recipients, meanwhile, said they have already built temporary shelters borrowing money from local user groups and that they will use the government aid to pay back the loan. Bhoj Bahadur Basnet, a quake survivor, said he plans to invest the amount in rearing goats for Dashain. He said other villagers too plan to invest the amount in productive work such as buying fertilisers. VDC Secretary Ishworman Shrestha said the relief process was delayed as they had to settle disputes related to  the number of quake-hit families.

Published: 13-07-2015 07:32

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