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Govt mandates NRA to disburse rebuilding aid

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 3, 2016-

The government on Wednesday approved post earthquake grant procedures mandating the National Reconstruction Authority to distribute state announced aid to quake victims for housing reconstruction. 

The document endorsed by the Cabinet mandates the Authority to distribute aid money to earthquake victims through banking system to rebuild their quake-ravaged homes in three phases. 

The central body responsible for rebuilding quake-damaged houses and infrastructure said bank accounts of the victims will be opened in locally available banks and that mobile banking services would be arranged in places without banking facilities, said Authority Spokesperson Suresh Adhikari.

Bank accounts will be opened in the name of all registered quake victims. The provision of banking account was envisioned after reports emerged that some NGOs and shopkeepers had “recovered” relief amount received by earthquake-hit families while distributing cash and winter relief packages in the past. 

A reconstruction policy endorsed by the government has decided to provide Rs 200,000 to each household rendered homeless and up to Rs 2.5 million bank loan to complete reconstruction.

The government has already released Rs 65billion to the Authority in view of providing aid to villagers where a detailed damaged assessment has already been made. 

An Authority team led by the Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali is preparing to visit Singati of Dolakha where a detailed damaged assessment on houses and infrastructure has already been completed.

Published: 03-03-2016 08:18

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