Govt likely to increase reconstruction grant for quake survivors

KATHMANDU: The government is likely to increase house reconstruction grant for the survivors of last year's earthquake.

The government was working to scale up the grants by Rs 100,000. Earlier, the Sushil Koirala-led government had decided to provide Rs 200,000 each to those individuals who were rendered homeless by the disaster.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal informed the Development Committee of Parliament today that the government was likely to come up with the decision of increasing the house rebuilding assistance by Rs 100,000 within a week.

Stating that he was closely observing the implementation of the Cabinet decisions through his Secretariat, the Prime Minister directed the Nepal Reconstruction Authority (NRA) to distribute the grants to the eligible people soon. He directed the NRA officials not to dillydally in the grant distribution process.

Lawmakers, Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi, government secretaries, National Planning Commission Vice-Chairman Min Bahadur Shrestha and NRA Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali were present in the meeting.


Preparations for local polls on time

On the occasion, the Prime Minister also apprised the lawmakers of the government plan to create political atmosphere conducive for holding the local polls on time.

Discussions were going on at a high political level regarding this, he added.

He informed the Committee that he was embarking on the India visit beginning on upcoming September 15.