Lawmakers question govt over delay in Reconstruction Authority formation

KATHMANDU: Lawmakers in a meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Sunday questioned why formation of the National Reconstruction Authority was delayed.

UCPN-Maoist legislator Agni Prasad Sapkota criticised the government’s lackadaisicalness on forming the Authority as it has not been established yet despite the passage of three months since the devastating earthquake. "Is Nepal being made Haiti?" he wondered.

Sapkota also drew the government’s attention that Indian professors teaching in Nepali universities were provided incentives against law; the Education Act was not amended and the agreement made with Nepal Teachers’ Association was not implemented.

Shankar Bhandari of the Nepali Congress said assistance the government announced as the immediate relief to the quake victims was still not reached to the needy ones.

Rabindra Adhikari of the CPN-UML expressed worry over unavailability of the detailed documents on the annual allocations on different programmes. “The government has played down the development issues,” he accused.