545 victims in Khotang receive third tranche of housing grant
December 6, 2018 08:03 AM NPT
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KHOTANG, Dec 6: After almost four years since the catastrophic 2015 earthquakes, a total of 545 beneficiaries in Khotang district have received the third tranche of the housing grant.
According to Sagar Acharya, the chief of Khotang-based District Project Implementation Unit of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), the third and final tranche of the reconstruction grant was distributed after the beneficiaries completed necessary processes. A total of 8,310 quake victims in the district were provided the first tranche of the reconstruction grant. Among them, only 3,762 have received the second tranche. According to the district implementation unit, the reconstruction grants are being distributed in two municipalities and eight rural municipalities in the district. The grant is being distributed through Rastriya Banijya Bank, Salapa Development Bank, Jyoti Development Bank, Bank of Kathmandu and Century Commercial Bank.
However, many victims have complained of delay in receiving grants. Quake victim Shyam Kumar Thapa of Chuichumma Rural Municipality-5 said the delay by the NRA in distributing the grant has delayed his house construction work.
“Although we have already fulfilled the construction requirement, we have to wait for a long time to collect the tranche,” said Thapa. “Failure to receive the grants on time have forced us take costly loans,” he added.
Failure of the NRA to send engineers for site visit, engineers abandoning their work and delay in data entry during technical evaluation among other reasons have caused the delay.
As many as 133 quake victims are still deprived of the first tranche of the reconstruction grant due to various reasons. Contract in the name of relatives who are abroad, people going abroad after signing contract with NRA, inability of old and handicapped victims to visit the district headquarters have deprived the victims of the grant tranches.
Figures maintained by the NRA show that a total of 13,799 houses in Khotang were completely or partially damaged by the earthquakes.