NRA wants more staff to expedite rebuilding

- Post Report, Kathmandu
The NRA has so far signed housing aid agreements with 223,830 families

Jul 9, 2016-The government has directed the authorities in 11 most earthquake-affected districts to mobilise enough officials at the local level to expedite the process of signing housing aid agreements with the homeless families.

The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is still in the process of providing the first instalment amounting to Rs50,000 for rebuilding houses destroyed by the Gorkha Earthquake in 14 districts.

The Finance Ministry has already approved funding for the mobilisation of human resource and management of necessary equipment in the districts to facilitate the process of signing agreements and releasing funds to the needy, according to a statement released on Friday by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development that heads the Central Project Implementation Unit for reconstruction.

“The onset of monsoon has caused landslides and damaged roads in remote areas, affecting the movement of people for signing agreements and receiving the cash,” said Ram Prasad Thapaliya, spokesperson for the NRA. Villagers are busy planting crops, which is also delaying the process of grant distribution, he added.

The NRA has introduced the Training Operation and Management Manual to transfer particular sets of skills for reconstruction and rehabilitation activities.

As of Friday, the NRA has signed tripartite agreements with 223,830 households--of the total 533,058 households identified as ‘true beneficiaries’ in 11 districts. A total of 24,428 families from seven districts have received the first instalment of the pledged 

Rs 200,00 in rebuilding aid.

Published: 09-07-2016 10:07

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