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NRA fails to provide first instalment of grant to quake survivors

Himalayan News Service
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Sindhulimadi, September 28

The campaign to deposit the first instalment of Rs 50,000 in the bank accounts of earthquake victims by the National Reconstruction Authority has failed in Sindhuli.

Nepal government had launched a month-long campaign to deposit the cash of the first instalment in the bank accounts of beneficiaries by September 11.

As earthquake victims do not possess land ownership certificates at Nipane VDC, all the quake victims from the VDC have been deprived of the grant.

Similarly, NRA has not signed the grant agreement with quake victims from other VDCs too saying that they lacked necessary documents.

Engineers deployed in the district had kept as many as 34,270 people in the list of quake victims. Of them, grant agreement has been signed with 26,085 people only, said disaster focal person Babindralal Mahji at the DDC.

According to Majhi, the first instalment grant has been deposited in the bank accounts of 19,658 persons alone.

Majhi said that the campaign could not conclude in the stipulated time as victims from Khoch and Marin Khola lacked land ownership certificates and beneficiaries from other VDCs lacked the necessary documents.

The NRA had set the target for depositing the first instalment in the bank accounts of quake victims by September 18.

Landslide victims demand immediate relief and rescue

Bhojpur, September 28

Locals in Bhandari Gaun of Siddeshwor VDC, Bhojpur, have demanded relief and compensation after continuous rainfall triggered landslides that hit human settlements at the VDC in the district.

A group of villagers led by a local Milan Bhandari reached the offices of the concerned authorities and demanded for relief and compensation. Bhandari said that the concerned authorities have to resettle the victims who live in places at high risk of landslides immediately, provide relief materials, and take necessary actions to control the damage done by the landslides as soon as possible.

The locals contacted the District Disaster Rescue Committee, the District Development Committee, and the District Land Conservation Office for relief and rescue. As many as 13 families at the VDC are reportedly at high risk of landslides after 1,200 ropani land caved in due to continuous rainfall of the past few days.

A version of this article appears in print on September 29, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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