Kathmandu, June 1: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has reviewed and cleared all the grievances that have been recorded in different times and those recorded during various levels of survey. Altogether 634,973 grievances have been reviewed and cleared.
Out of these grievances, 106,465 beneficiaries have been added as reconstruction beneficiaries while 67,681 have been added as retrofitting beneficiaries, according to Manohar Ghimire, Deputy Spokesperson of the NRA.
Chief Executive Officer of the NRA Sushil Gyewali has said the addressing this grievance was a challenging task in the private house reconstruction. “The applicants who have not been enlisted but think they should have can still request for review in the Appellate Committee,” he said.
In the first phase, the NRA had called for applicants for grievances in mid-July 2017 in the 14 most affected districts after hearing some grievances in its initial survey of the households affected in the April 2015 earthquake. It was reviewed and cleared with adding some eligible beneficiaries.
After the NRA Steering Committee, in its meeting in February 2017, decided to review the non-beneficiaries on-the-spot, the NRA deputed 332 engineers and equal number of social mobilizers to 14 most affected districts for re-survey from mid-July 2017 to early November 2017.
At that time, a large number of new grievances was registered which delayed the process. Altogether, 129,410 applicants were registered. The process got halted in mid-November due to the election of the federal parliament. The process resumed soon after upon the request of local government representatives with a new deadline of mid-December 2017. During this time, 102,000 applicants were registered in all the 32 earthquake-affected districts.
The re-survey was again carried out from 29 March 2019 to mid-August 2019. The number of applicants reviewed during this time was 188,000.
Initially, the NRA had collected data of earthquake-affected households in three phases from mid-February 2016 to mid-May 2017. The number of households surveyed during this time was 1,037,291, including 866,060 in 14 most affected districts and 171,231 in 18 least affected districts. Out of these, the NRA had enlisted 726,738 as reconstruction beneficiaries and 19,866 as retrofitting beneficiaries.
The NRA had used the Information Management System to review the grievances. It had formulated Grievance Management Procedure for the purpose. As per the procedure, the grievances could be registered at the ward office, municipality and rural municipality at the local level and the central and district level offices of the NRA.
Now that the overall grievances have been reviewed and cleared, the total number of beneficiaries eligible to receive the government’s private housing grant for reconstruction has reached 831,994 while the number of beneficiaries for retrofitting has reached 77,264.
The number of beneficiaries signing an agreement for the grant of Rs. 300,000 has reached 782,695. Out of these, 776,898 have received the first tranche. Similarly, 46,119 retrofitting beneficiaries have signed agreement to receive the grant of Rs. 100,000, out of which 45,742 have received the first tranche. The reconstruction grant recipients receive Rs. 300,000 in three tranches (Rs. 50,000, Rs. 150,000 and Rs. 100,000) while retrofitting beneficiaries receive Rs. 100,000 in two tranches (Rs. 50,000 each).
Those who have not been enlisted as beneficiaries can still request for review at the three-member Appellate Committee set up at the NRA which is led by a High Court justice. The beneficiaries decided by this Committee would be eligible for the government grant.