March 3, 2019 03:30 AM NPT
By: Suman Malla
MUGU, March 3: The fire victims of Mugum Karmarong Rural Municipality-4, who were rendered homeless by the destructive fire of May 3, 2018, have accused the government of neglecting them.
Altogether 19 families of Kimri had lost their shelter in the fire. Though the government provided them some immediate relief, no efforts have been taken for their rehabilitation even after months. The victims have received consolation and promises from several leaders but none of them have actually delivered on their promises, according to fire victim Jhiktol Lama.
Another fire victim Chiring Tashi Lama says the lack of interest of Karnali Province in rehabilitating the fire victims has been a great disappointment. The province had provided immediate relief and rehabilitation for the fire victims of Khada village of Palata Rural Municipality. However, the victims of Kimri are still spending their days under tents.
According to them, they have been treated as the citizens of another nation. Chhirring Kyapne Lama, chairperson of Mugum Karmarong, stated that the fire victims were provided with immediate relief from various organizations but the provincial government has not paid any heed to their rehabilitation.
He says the government has not made any effort for the rehabilitation of the fire victims despite being requested for the same several times. As Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi was elected from Kalikot, the fire victims of Kimri have accused him of being discriminatory, as he took no time to rehabilitate the victims of Khada village of Kalikot.