Quake survivors plea to check inflation

GORKHABAZAAR: Quake survivors in Gorkha, the epicentre of the April 25 earthquake, have requested the parliamentary industry-commerce and users' interest committee to help check inflation in the district, which they said has been rising following the disaster.

The price of essentials including corrugated sheets and daily commodities has been increased overnight, said chair of the users' interest protection committee in Gorkha Kishore Jung Thapa. The woes of the quake survivors have further worsened due to the excesses of the traders, he said.

First Vice-president of Gorkha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, however, blamed the NGOs and INGOs for 'spoiling' the market price. "The NGOs and INGOs have been paying more than double the existing price for rooms and vehicles on rent, and this has worsened the situation", he said while calling upon the local administration to initiate action against those inviting artificial inflation.

Chief District Officer of Gorkha Uddav Prasad Timalsena, however, said market monitoring had not been possible as the concentration now was on rescue, relief and rehabilitation following the disaster. He, however, pledged to take action against those involved in charging excess to the consumers.

They were speaking at an interaction held in the presence of a team of parliamentarians led by the Committee Chair Bhismaraj Angdambe. The team that arrived here on Tuesday for a study of the post-disaster situation of the district includes MPs Subas Chand Shah Thakuri, Bindadevi Aley, Bhakti Prasad Pandey, Resham Lama and Shyam Kumar Shrestha.

On the occasion, the Committee Chair Angdambe said directives shall be issued to the government to immediately check inflation and initiate action against those involved in it.