DAO to probe quake victim applications

Kavre, December 10

Six months after the massive earthquake rendered thousands of people homeless, the District Administration Office, Kavre is preparing to investigate the applications filed by persons identifying themselves as quake victims.

According to the DAO, it received 300-plus applications by mid-July from people who claimed of being left out during ID card distribution.

The government had distributed Rs 15,000 in cash relief for construction of temporary shelter to each victim family. The applications seeking quake victim ID cards and immediate cash relief were filed through concerned VDCs and municipalities.

Chief District Officer Madan Bhujel has directed the concerned village secretaries and the political mechanism to verify the applicants. CDO Bhujel, who heads the committee, issued the directives at a meeting of the district natural disaster and rescue committee meeting yesterday. The committee will release the relief amount for new applicants once their applications are verified.

Meanwhile, a five-member monitoring committee led by Kavre Assistant Chief District Officer Arjun Kumar Sharma has been formed to make relief distribution effective.

Earlier, complaints against as many as 200 fake quake victims were in the district. The fake quake victims had managed to pocket the cash relief of Rs 15,000.