Trouble cashing relief cheques
Aug 12, 2015-
It took two days for Milan Chepang, an earthquake victim from Kankada-8 of Makawanpur district, to cash the cheque for Rs 15,000 that the government had provided as a relief amount.
He had to visit Hetauda, the district headquarters, to cash the cheque from Nepal Bank Limited since the bank does not have its branch in his village. During his two
days Hetauda stay, Milan spent Rs 2,700 for food and accommodation.
Another earthquake victim Sompal Chepang also had to spend Rs 3,000 when he travelled to Hetauda to cash the cheque.
The VDC secretary of Kankada had distributed the cheques to the earthquake victims only on Friday. And since there is no way to cash the cheque in the village, the victims are compelled to travel to Hetauda which is costing them extra money.
Local Development Officer Bhojraj Khatiwada said it costs a villager around Rs 3,000 for travel, food and accommodation which means he returns home with Rs 12,000 after cashing the cheque in Hetauda.
Meanwhile, those people whose houses were partially damaged in the earthquake are getting the cheque for Rs 3,000. Khatiwada said when one’s travel and accommodation expenses equal the relief amount there is no point cashing the cheque.
Published: 12-08-2015 11:43