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NRA to mobilise local governments to speed up post-earthquake reconstruction


National Reconstruction Authority Steering Committee meeting decides

Kathmandu, September 6: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has decided to mobilize the local governments to speed up the post-earthquake reconstruction of private houses and other physical infrastructures destroyed by the April 2015 earthquake.

The NRA Steering Committee meeting held today decided to give the responsibility of monitoring and recommending for government grant assistance to the local governments.

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Chairman of the Steering Committee KP Sharma Oli, made the decision to mobilize the local governments to speed up the reconstruction process in a more effective manner.

At the meeting, Chief Executive Officer of the NRA Sushil Gyewali said, “The Authority will facilitate and monitor the reconstruction work undertaken by the local governments.”

The NRA Steering Committee also decided new deadlines to receive the government’s private housing grant. 

As per the decision, the beneficiaries who have received the first tranche (of Rs. 50,000) should now collect the second tranche (of Rs. 150,000) by the end of Poush (mid-January 2019). Similarly, those who have received the second tranche should collect the third tranche (of Rs. 100,000) by the end of Baisakh 2076 (mid-May 2019).

However, the deadline would differ as per the decision of the NRA’s Executive Committee for those who have been considered after hearing the grievances, those who are included after re-survey, those living in traditional places and for those who needed to be resettled in safer places.

To facilitate the availability of the government-announced subsidized loan of Rs. 300,000 to the earthquake-affected families, the process has begun through the Ministry of Finance to revise the working modality, according to CEO Gyewali.

Similarly, the Steering Committee has also decided to provide the government’s private housing grant (of Rs. 300,000) to the landless quake-affected families as per the place and criteria set by the local government.

CEO Gyewali also told the meeting that the process of developing a detailed work plan, along with the financial plan, has already begun to ensure that the reconstruction and rehabilitation would complete within the next two years and four months. A mid-term review of the reconstruction work till now will also be carried out, according to him.

As per the decision, all the government staff working on the reconstruction will now be brought under the NRA and will be mobilized by the NRA. Besides, the concerned ministries would immediately provide necessary staff for the NRA and consent would be sought from the NRA while transferring these staff.

It has decided to begin the necessary process to reimburse the government grant from those who have already received the first tranche despite having a house elsewhere and has not begun the reconstruction.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli directed the NRA to speed up the reconstruction work as per the work plan presented at the meeting by CEO Gyewali.

The meeting also discussed about inviting the concerned Members of the Federal Parliament, Provincial Assembly members, Chairperson of District Coordination Committee and concerned heads of local governments at the Reconstruction District Coordination Committee meetings.

Leader of the opposition Nepali Congress Bijay Kumar Gachhedar, members of the NRA Steering Committee Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Finance Minister Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, expert members of the Committee, executive members of the NRA and secretaries of concerned ministries were present at the meeting. 

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