Quake victims request second batch of aid

- NAGENDRA ADHIKARI, KAVRE

Dec 13, 2016-

The office of Kushadevi VDC in Kavre has received 35 applications seeking second instalment of the housing reconstruction aid. The applicants have constructed the foundations for their new homes with the first portion of the aid (Rs 50,000), and they are now requesting the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) to issue the second batch of the aid.  

Dilli Prasad Sapkota, one of the applicants, said he needs money to give continuity to his house construction. 

“I have filed an application at the VDC office after consulting with the VDC secretary,” he said.

VDC Secretary Dip Kumar Karki said distribution of second instalment of the aid has not started as the guideline for the process has not been passed yet. The NRA has not prepared the guideline for housing aid distributing after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal announced to provide Rs 300,000 each to the quake-affected households. 

Maheshwor Ghimire, VDC secretary of Tukchanala, said the quake-displaced people were inquiring about the second tranche of the aid over phone on a daily basis.

 “I have advised them to file applications through engineers working in their villages. We have been receiving applications with design and photos,” he said. 

One thousand and forty-four quake-hit families have started constructing homes after receiving the first tranche of the housing reconstruction aid from the NRA. 

Engineer Ashok Adhikari of Urban Development and Building Division Office said they will only be able to make recommendations for the second batch of the  aid after the NRA has come up with a guideline. Nearly 60,000 quake-affected families in Kavre have received the first tranche of housing aid.

Technical workers halt all works

RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI

KATHMANDU, DEC 12

The technicians engaged in building private houses in 14 quake-hit districts under have stopped their works, citing the government failed to implement the agreement regarding  incentives. 

The government had agreed to provide 50 percent allowance based on performance and 25 percent allowance for remote postings. 

Engineer Sanjib Amgain said that all technicians have decided to stop the works to press the authorities concerned into implementing the agreement. 

Another engineer, Kapil Regmi, said all technical employees will resign en masse on December 20 if the government does not heed to their demands. 

Sanjiv Sharma, secretary at National Reconstruction Authority, said the authority was fully engaged implement the agreement. He also urged the agitating side to have some patience and resume their works.

Published: 13-12-2016 08:39

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