Fake victims start returning relief amount

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 18, 2015-

Fake earthquake victims in Ramechhap and Kavre districts have started returning the relief amount and ID cards after the authorities warned of legal action against them.

The government had distributed Rs 15,000 each to the families displaced by the April 25 earthquake. But many families who were not affected by the earthquake had also received the relief amount. Sources said these families had used their political connection to acquire the ID cards that were issued to the victims. 

In some cases local political parties were found encouraging the entire households of a village to collect the relief cheques and ID cards.  

The local authorities in Ramechhap and Kavre have issued a notice, asking the fake victims to return the relief amount and the ID cards within 15 days. They have also warned of legal action against the officials who had issued ID cards to fake victims.

Basudev Dahal, chief district officer (CDO) of Ramechhap, said his office has recorded complaints against around 1,000 fake victims. He added that the office has already contacted the  concerned individuals and instructed them to return the relief amount and the ID cards. 

Fifty-one earthquake victims in Kavre district have already returned the relief amount and ID cards to the local administration. 

Arjun Rijal of the District Administration Office said five persons from Chandenimandal, eighteen from Kushadevi, twenty-five from Tukuchanala and three from Kavre returned the relief amount and the ID cards that they had obtained illegally.

The local administration has also received complaints against five fake earthquake victims from Saping, fifty-five from Chyasingkharka, two from Shankhupatichaur, two from Dhulikhel, three from Patlekhet and three from Panchkhal in the district. 

Meanwhile, the Mahadevsthan VDC office has instructed 145 fake earthquake victims to return the relief amount and the ID cards. CDO Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal said a team has 

been formed to investigate the fake earthquake victims in the district. 

He added that individuals found guilty of providing false details to obtain the relief amount and the officials who had distributed the ID cards to fake victims will be charged for fraud.

 A quake victim receives roofing sheets to build temporary shelter.

Published: 18-08-2015 12:43

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