The existing organisational structure and terms of reference of the National Reconstruction Authority will continue till mid-November.

The 19th meeting of the NRA's Directorate Committee presided over by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to complete the reconstruction works by mid-November that were scheduled for the fiscal 2020-2021. CEO of NRA Sushil Gyawali said the scheduled plan of action was set for the NRA's exit and its handover was revised due to delay in the reconstruction of private houses amid the prohibitory orders imposed to contain the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.

The remaining tasks will be completed in the first quarter of the current fiscal by mobilising nominal workforce.

Likewise, preparations for an international conference and handover of the NRA will be advanced simultaneously.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Poudel pledged to ensure sufficient budget to carry out the planned projects by the first quarter of the fiscal 2021-022. The meeting has also directed the NRA to provide the remaining amount of instalments to the beneficiaries from the concerned local levels as soon as possible for completion of reconstruction of private houses.

The meeting also approved the international conference on Nepal's reconstruction from December 7 to 9 in 2021.

Furthermore, the meeting decided to provide communication and travel costs, and remoteness allowances to engineers deployed for reconstruction of private houses.

Minister for Law Leelanath Shrestha, National Planning Commission's Vice-chairman Dr Pushpa Raj Kandel, Chief Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Home Secretary Maheshwor Neupane and other officials were present at the meet.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 25 2021, of The Himalayan Times.