President Bhandari authenticates Reconstruction Authority Bill

KATHMANDU: President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday authenticated the Bill on Reconstruction of Earthquake Affected Structures.

The Parliament on Thursday had unanimously endorsed the Bill, which would enable the government to carry out reconstruction of the structures affected by the April 25 earthquake.

According to the President's Office, the Bill was enacted as per Article 113(2) of the Constitution.

Now, the government is expected to form  a National Reconstruction Authority to supervise the reconstruction drives under the law.

The Sushil Koirala-led government had formed the National Reconstruction Authority through an ordinance in the chairmanship of the Prime Minister. Later, Govinda Raj Pokharel, who was the vice-chairman of National Planning Commission, was appointed as the CEO of powerful authority in August, despite reservations of the CPN-UML, which was a key constituent in the Koirala-led coalition government.

The Parliament’s Legislation Committee had passed the Bill with some amendments few days ago. But the Nepali Congress obstructed the House demanding that another bill on constitution amendment also be tabled along with the one on reconstruction.