Nepal | June 03, 2020

Govt to build houses for disadvantaged communities

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, April 22

The Ministry of Urban Development has decided to build 25,000 housing units for disadvantaged communities throughout the country in the next fiscal 2017/18 under the People’s Housing Programme.

A meeting of the Central Coordination Committee presided over by Minister for Urban Development Arjun Narasingha KC recently held in Singha Durbar took a decision to this effect. The programme will be implemented by Department of Urban Development and Building Construction as per the People’s Housing Programme Implementation Procedure, 2017.

A minute of the meeting published by the DoUDBC said, “Over 25,000 housing units will be constructed in 72 districts other than Kathmandu Valley in the fiscal 2017/18.” It aims to guarantee right to education, health, housing, employment, food and social security of people from disadvantaged and endangered communities.

The programme also strives to protect, uplift and develop such communities, Dalits listed in National Dalit Commission and disadvantaged Muslims. According to the procedure, this programme shall be implemented in places or settlements where at least 10 beneficiary families have been living on the basis of their identification.

However, this restriction shall not be applicable in the case of Dom and highly marginalised and endangered ethnic people sparsely settled in any part of the country. In cases other than those where people need to be relocated due to natural disasters and land requisition, housing programme shall be implemented in the previous place for the beneficiaries, read the procedure.

The beneficiary shall bear 10 per cent of total grant for housing construction with a toilet as part of cost participation which could be made through labour donation, cash or construction material. The housing unit constructed under grant assistance of the government should be earthquake-resilient.

According to the MoUD, the concerned division office of the DoUDBC or Programme Implementation Unit will provide amount to the beneficiaries through the construction committee for this purpose. Before releasing the amount via banking channel, the construction committee will enter into an agreement with the beneficiaries. The maximum cost for each housing unit will be no more than Rs 3,00,000. However, the amount to be provided to the beneficiary by the government may differ from place to place depending on the condition of the concerned people.


A version of this article appears in print on April 23, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Fear-triggered attack on healthcare worker in Doti

DHANGADHI: A healthcare worker carrying medical supplies to a health post has been attacked amid the fear of coronavirus transmission in Doti. According to health coordinator at Shikhar Municipality-9 Harish Shah, Auxiliary Health Worker (AHW) Ramesh Kunwar, stationed at Dankot Health Post in the Read More...

18 discharged after recovering from coronavirus infection in Dharan

DHARAN: As many as eighteen persons have been discharged from Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) after recovering from COVID-19, on Tuesday. Following two back to back negative results, 17 men from Jhapa and one Dharan native woman were allowed to return home owing Read More...

Highlights: Nepal witnesses highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases

KATHMANDU: Nepal's Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and the government’s response to the health crisis. As of today, 75,343 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method and 116,345 Rapid Diagn Read More...

Anupam Kher reminisces Naam Shabana memories with throwback picture

KATHMANDU: Bollywood actor Anupam Kher has reminisced memories from Naam Shabana by sharing a throwback picture of the film's cast on his Instagram on June 2. In the photograph one can see the cast of the 2017 action-thriller — Kher along with Neeraj Pandey, Taapsee Pannu, Manoj Bajpayee, Read More...

45 patients discharged, Nepal's coronavirus recovery tally progresses to 266

KATHMANDU: Forty-five persons earlier diagnosed with coronavirus infection, admitted across various health care facilities have been discharged following recovery, confirmed The Ministry of Health and Population. A 54-year-old woman of Makwanpur, undergoing treatment at the Maharjgunj-based Tribh Read More...

India approves emergency use of remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients

BENGALURU: India's government said on Tuesday it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use for five doses in treating COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir, which is administered intravenously in hospital, is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in Read More...

Person in quarantine reported missing after being swept away by river

POKHARA: A person kept in a quarantine facility in Malika Rural Municipality of Myagdi district has gone missing as he was swept away by a river, on Tuesday. The missing 19-year-old was a resident of Dhaulagiri Rural Municipality-7. It has been learnt that he had recently returned from India a Read More...

Nepali celebs unite in video to help returnees get home safely

KATHMANDU: Nepali celebrities and influencers have urged citizens to welcome Nepali returnees at the southern border with love and respect and help them get back to their homes via a video message. A video by Bidhan Shestha was released on May 30 where media personality Malvika Subba, actors Karm Read More...