Nepali Congress presents 22 points of dissent over reconstruction drive

KATHMANDU: The main opposition party Nepali Congress on Friday put forward 22 points of dissent over the functioning of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), claiming that the reconstruction drive in the wake of last year's devastating earthquakes was delayed and politicised.

On behalf of the party, lawmaker and central leader Prakash Man Singh presented the points of dissent at a meeting of the NRA's Steering Committee held at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar this morning.

The main opposition party has accused the government of offering a list of aspirations only to people instead of making concrete efforts for the country's reconstruction.

The Nepali Congress said the erstwhile government, led by the then NC President Sushil Koirala, had drafted seven working strategies and 17 models of house construction, but the current leadership failed to disseminate them to the earthquake survivors.

Likewise, the party claimed that the NRA outsourced reconstruction tasks to the NGOs loyal to the ruling CPN-UML party.

Meanwhile, the NRA said it signed individual house reconstruction contracts with as many as 51,164 households.

NRA Executive Director Sushil Gyewali had presented a report on its progress and plans for next four months at the meeting today.