Govt to provide Rs 200k to half a million families

  • guidelines on aid to earthquake victims
- Post Report, Kathmandu
The Federal Affairs and Local Development Ministry will distribute grant, while Urban Development Ministry will monitor maps and designs

Dec 17, 2015-The government has revised the guidelines on grant assistance to earthquake victims, paving the way for distribution of Rs 200,000 to each of around half a million families whose houses were destroyed in the April 25 earthquake. 

The old provision barred the quake affected families in urban and rural areas from the state grant after obtaining concessional loans amounting to Rs2.5 million and Rs1.5 million respectively. 

The revised guidelines allow such families to receive the state grant in addition to concessional loans for reconstruction. They can now obtain the grant amount with an additional loan of Rs 300,000 at 2 percent interest. However, disbursement of concessional loans are subject to bank’s collateral requirements.

The grant amount will be distributed by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, whereas technical aspects like house-map and design will be monitored by the Ministry of Urban Development. The quake affected will be asked to choose a quake-resistant design from options provided by the Building Construction Department. The families can, however, alter the number of rooms as per their necessities. 

The revised guidelines facilitate the distribution of grant amount of Rs 50,000, Rs100,000 and Rs 500,00o in three instalments without deducting Rs 15,000 that had been distributed previously. The grant amount cannot be used for other purposes.    

However, the families who have already received ample amount in aid or new houses through various NGOs and INGOs cannot apply for this grant. Besides, those who have lost two of their homes are only entitled to received grant for one. The guideline is silent about providing grants to those who have already reconstructed their houses on their own expenses. 

The Department for Urban Development and Building Construction will monitor the maps, designs and all other technical aspects related to earthquake resistant technologies.

Published: 17-12-2015 08:33

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