KATHMANDU, July 12: The board committee of the Nepal Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has approved Rs one hundred 45 billion budget for upcoming fiscal year 2017/18.
A meeting of the board under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba held at Singha Durbar on Wednesday approved the budget for the NRA for upcoming fiscal year, as stated by the spokesperson of the NRA, Yam Lal Bhushal. He added that the allocated budget will be utilized for reconstruction and reestablishment projects through various departments.
“The meeting has endorsed the action plans and policies for upcoming fiscal year”, said Bhushal adding,” We will implement the plans and policies from the very first day of the new fiscal year. These plans have paved a way for the reconstruction projects.”
Bhushal said that the NRA will run a mega campaign to reconstruct the private homes in upcoming fiscal year. “The first installment will be provided by mid-October whereas the authority has fixed a dateline to receive the second and third installments”, he added.
Speaking at the program, the chief executive authority of the NRA, Govinda Raj Pokhrel informed that the reconstruction projects have speed up its work to complete the task in stipulated time. “Before my tenure, it had been told that around 65 thousand houses were completed. However, in reality, only less than thousand houses were constructed”, said Pokhrel claiming that “Till date 40 thousands houses have been re-constructed. And one hundred ten thousand houses are under construction”.
He claimed that one hundred fifty thousand owner will receive proper houses before Dashain. After the election of representatives in the local units, the reconstruction work has accelerated in full speed, he stated.
He accepted that there has been delay in the reconstruction. He, however, claimed that the work in progress is very satisfactory in comparison to the similar task in Gujarat, Pakistan, Indonesia among others. He informed that the NRA will work in the same model in 17 earthquake-hit districts that has been applied in highly earthquake affected 14 districts.
Vice-chairperson of the board and leader of CPN-UML Bhim Rawal accused NRA for its failure to work according to the action plan. He criticized the sluggish work in progress of the NRA and the failure to meet the action plans.
Rawal urged the stakeholders to be serious in the reconstruction citing that it is the responsibility of all to put their efforts in the reconstruction job. He called the government for the proper monitoring and supervision related to the reconstruction job.
This is the first meeting of PM Deuba in the capacity to the post.
The board committee of NRA comprised of the PM as the chairperson of the board committee and leader of the main opposition party as vice-chairperson.