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Development budget freezes after quake

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KAVRE, July 20

At least 20 crore budget has been frozen after development activities in Kavre district for fiscal year 2014-15 was obstructed due to the devastating earthquake of April 25 and subsequent aftershocks.

Chief Ram Bahadur Khadka of District Treasury Comptroller Office, Kavre, said that the budget in almost 40 per cent government offices had been frozen in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. The budget was frozen after construction work at Urban Development and Building Division Office of Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha and Ramechhap stopped, due to the tremblor.

According to District Treasury Comptroller Office, Division Office has spent only 49 per cent of the allocated fund for development projects.

Khadka said that, Rs 8 crore had been frozen as development works were not completed by the division office. Similarly, Drinking Water and Sanitation Division Office, has spent only 79.36 per cent of its annual budget. The division office’s budget of Rs 2 crore, has also been frozen.

Likewise, Rs 47 lakh allocated to Irrigation Office, Rs 96 lakh allocated to District Development Committee and Rs 97 lakh allocated to District Technical Office has been frozen. It is also said that, the District Administration Office has only spent 84 per cent of its allocated budget on construction.

A version of this article appears in print on July 21, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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