NRA upset by engineers’ unsporting action

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Dec 22, 2016-The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has said it will take legal actions against those halting the reconstruction works. 

The NRA announcement comes a day after around 1,200 technical staff mobilised in 11 earthquake-affected districts resigned en masse in protest over the delay in finalising incentives and facilities for them. 

During a meeting held on Wednesday between the NRA and the Nepal Engineers’ Association, the NRA authorities said the en masse resignation at a time when a proposal to raise the incentives and other facilities has been forwarded for final approval has affected the reconstruction works and that such a move is tantamount to playing with the sentiments of the people who are waiting to rebuild their houses. 

“Action will be taken against those who continue to halt the reconstruction works,” said Bhisma Kumar Bhusal, deputy spokesperson for the NRA. “We direct all staff to coordinate with the Ministry of Urban Development and return to work,” said Bhusal. 

Around 1,200 engineers, overseers, sub-overseers and technicians on Tuesday tendered their resignation en masse to Ministry of Urban Development, stating that the government had failed to address their demands put forward months ago. 

They have been demanding raise in incentives on the basis of geographical condition, proper accommodation and security for the technical staff mobilised in remote districts. They have also demanded that the authorities timely address the complaints of the affected families in the districts. 

A meeting of the Directive Committee of the NRA held on October 26 had decided to raise work performance incentives up to 75 percent to encourage the technical staff mobilised in villages and municipalities to facilitate the private housing reconstruction in 11 districts.

Published: 22-12-2016 09:18

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