Kathmandu, January 14: The fourth meeting of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Advisory Council chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli concluded here today.
Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Oli said the reconstruction was progressing in the right path and emphasized that the reconstruction was every one's duty.
PM Oli directed the NRA to provide grants for houses built before the formation of NRA and before the NRA technicians reached the sites. He also informed that a decision had been taken towards this end in a recent meeting of the Council of Ministers.
Addressing the concern of MPs that many villages were facing water problem after water sources dried up in most hilly districts after the earthquake, PM Oli said, "The water supply infrastructure damaged by the earthquake should be reconstructed in collaboration with the concerned ministry, NRA and the local governments."
He also gave instructions to the NRA to prioritize vulnerable groups in the reconstruction of private housing, to make monitoring more effective, to increase coordination with the local governments, and to prepare an action plan to complete the reconstruction within the next two years.
He emphasized that if the existing acts and laws do not fulfill the needs of reconstruction, they would be changed.
At the meeting, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Kumar Gyawali said the reconstruction works in the less affected 18 districts should also be expedited. He also suggested to make the vulnerable settlements safer, and provide alternative livelihood options.
Former Chairman of the Council of Ministers Khila Raj Regmi said reconstruction of buildings of security agencies, and educational and health institutions should be prioritized.
MPs from districts severely affected by the earthquake suggested that local governments should be made accountable on reconstruction, reconstruction of drinking water facilities should be paid attentions to, monasteries should be reconstructed, the access to subsidized loans should be eased, and earthquake survivors from the poorer communities should be provided with additional relief if possible.
The parliamentaries giving their suggestions were Haribol Gajurel of Sindhuli, Agni Sapkota of Sindhupalchowk, Parwat Gurung of Dolakha, Pampha Bhusal of Lalitpur, Prem Suwal of Bhaktapur, Yagya Raj Sunuwar of Okhaldhunga, Bhumi Tripathi of Dhading, Hari Raj Adhikari of Gorkha, Ganga Bahadur Tamang of Kavrepalanchowk, Mohan Acharya of Rasuwa and Birodh Khatiwada of Makwanpur.
Former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Deputy Prime Ministers Ishwar Pokhrel and Upendra Yadav, ministers, secretaries, chiefs of security agencies, members of the NRA Executive Committee and expert members were present at the meeting.
CEO of NRA Sushil Gyewali presented the progress report and the action plan in the meeting. He also addressed various concerns raised by MPs from the earthquake-affected constituencies. He also informed that the NRA was working with a target to conclude the reconstruction mega campaign within the next two years.
According to the act on reconstruction of earthquake-affected structures, 2015, the main responsibility of the Advisory Council is to advise the NRA Steering Committee on developing policies and plans on reconstruction.