Govt decides to accept foreign aid

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 19, 2017-

The government has decided to accept foreign aid and support for the management of recent floods that have killed at least 135 people, mostly in the Tarai.

A meeting on Friday of Chief Secretary Rajendra Kishor Chettri and various government secretaries decided to make communication to various Nepali missions aboard to accept donations from the interested parties. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will write to all the Nepali missions abroad about the conditions of accepting such donations, the meeting has decided.

A Cabinet meeting on Tuesday though had decided to accept foreign support and aid, it had said it would not call on the international community to support Nepal like it did in the aftermath of the 2015 quake. 

If any interested foreign donor, individual or institution wants to extend support, it can deposit the amount in the Prime Minister’s Natural Disaster Relief Fund. 

Such foreign assistance in cash and kind will be accepted till September 15. The Ministry of Home Affairs will coordinate such relief materials for distribution. 

The meeting also instructed ministries to ensure road, electricity, drinking water, communication, clean drinking water and other facilities in the flood-affected areas. 

India announces 

Rs 400m assistance

India on Friday announced Rs 400 million in cash and kind for flood victims of Nepal. During a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Indian support. 

PM Deuba expressed his gratitude to Modi and the government of India for the support. 

The Indian prime minister also conveyed condolences at the loss of lives due to recent floods, and expressed readiness to provide all possible relief assistance.

Published: 19-08-2017 07:38

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