Govt seeks info from I/NGOs working in quake-hit areas

  • Home Ministry asks agencies to wrap up relief programmes within 10 days
- Post Report, Kathmandu
At their own request, the government has involved INGOs and NGOs in rehabilitating people in the earthquake-affected mountain districts

Jan 4, 2016-The Home Ministry has asked I/NGOs working in the earthquake-affected districts to furnish progress reports, and complete winter relief assistance within the next 10 days.

Summoning representatives from 24 organisations working in the quake-hit areas to Singha Durbar on Sunday, ministry officials expressed their concern at the underperformance of the organisations against their commitment.

“We have been informed that various organisations are working [in the affected areas] but nothing has been reported to us. Nor have people shared much about their support. Their works are not reported in media too,” said Joint-secretary Rameshwor Dangal, who heads the Disaster Management Department. “That’s why we have asked them to submit their progress reports through the department.”

The ministry is concerned after the international and local organisations did not disclose the amount of money spent on relief distribution. Local government authorities also complained that some of the agencies had bypassed them.

The ministry has taken measures to distribute the government-announced Rs10,000 to each household rendered homeless within a week as the displaced people have started dying of cold in camps.

At their own request, the government has involved INGOs and NGOs in rehabilitating people in the quake-hit mountain districts.

Organisations attending the meeting, however, briefed that they provided winter relief packages to 90,726 households in coordination with the local administration. “The government cannot recognise your works unless the local administration, people and media report them. We also need to avoid lapses or duplication in relief distribution,” said Dangal.

The ministry hopes that reports on relief distribution will help the government to ensure relief to all the families that require assistance. Representatives of organisations including Oxfam, Save the Children, and Lutheran World Federation attended the meeting. It was briefed earlier that 34 I/NGOs had expressed their interest to provide help but only 24 are involved in aid distribution.

Even those agencies working in cluster have not informed the government about the money spent for earthquake survivors, according to officials.

 

Published: 04-01-2016 08:48

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