Stock up on essentials for emergencies: NVC to govt

Published On: August 12, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: The National Vigilance Centre (NVC) has asked the government to stock up essential relief materials for emergency purpose to ensure that disaster victims can get relief in time.

The NVC also said that storage of such goods became necessary to thwart corruption and black marketing that take place under the pretext of immediate purchase and distribution of relief materials during natural disasters.

The NVC in its 14th annual report submitted to the prime minister on Thursday has suggested to the concerned government bodies to store essential relief materials for emergency purposes at the central, regional and district levels.

“During the natural disasters such as earthquake, flood and landslide, the cases of corruption and black marketing increase uncontrollably. So we need to control it by storing essential relief materials at the central, regional and district levels in advance,” stated the annual report.

The NVC prepared the report after monitoring the situation in various parts of the country and also collected complaints from the disaster-affected areas.

The NVC also asked the government to regularly monitor local markets and service delivery at government bodies that work directly with the public. It has made 14-point recommendations to the government to improve service delivery, control corruption and other irregularities and systematize the public service system in various government agencies.

After receiving the NVC's annual report, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, after assuming the office, ordered the concerned ministries to take serious initiatives to control corruption and irregularities and ensure good governance in government bodies with immediate effect.

He also pointed out that civil servants must work as per government rules and regulations to ensure good governance.

Chief Secretary, Som Lal Subedi underscored that the government bodies should focus on monitoring to improve good governance. “Through regular monitoring, we can certainly improve the situation.”

According to NVC report, it has registered 772 complaints from various parts of the country and 686 out of total 772 have been settled in the last fiscal year 2015/16.

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