Aid doesn't reach needy: Oz envoy
Added At: 2012-04-19 12:05 AM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-19 12:05 AM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
DHANKUTA: Australian ambassador to Nepal Susan Grace today said that international aid for the development works in Nepal has become fruitless due to rampant corruption in the country.
Inaugurating a five-day training programme on development journalism in Dhankuta, Grace expressed concern over the widespread social and economic irregularities that have flourished during the current transitional period in Nepal. She stressed on the crucial role that media played to discourage such trends.
Further, the ambassador said that though Australia is providing aid of $27 million and $4 million for education and health sectors respectively every year to Nepal, a probable increase in the aid will depend only when the present corruption level scales down.
“So far there has been a very low return to the assistance we are providing to this country,” said Grace. She expressed concern over the poorly-manned health facilities and academic institutions in the rural parts of the country.
Different mediapersons had also spoken at the programme that was chaired by FNJ Dhankuta chairperson Mohan Bantawa.
About two dozen journalists from Dhankuta, Bhojpur, San-khuwasabha, Terhathum and Sunsari are participating in the training programme organised by Rastriya Sanchar Bikas Kendra.