Sunday, August 6, 2017

NRA starts orientation to new engineers

The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has started a three-day orientation training for newly appointed engineers, who will be mobilised to carry out resurvey of private homes. The 332 newly appointed engineers will be mobilised to handle complaints registered by people in the 14 districts that were highly affected by the devastating earthquake of April 2015.
Among the selected engineers, 168 engineers will be mobilised in Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk, Kavrepalanchowk, Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Gorkha from August 10. Likewise, the NRA will mobilise the remaining 164 engineers in the other six districts that include Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Sindhuli, Makawanpur and Dhading from August 14. The move followed by massive complaints from the earthquake survivors on segregation of beneficiaries based on several criteria will resurvey houses and come out with the actual number of beneficiaries by mid-October.
On the occasion, secretary of the NRA Sarbajit Prasad Mahato, urged the engineers to settle the complaints of quake-hit people in a speedy manner. The major task of the engineers will be to verify the complaints registered by those who were left out from the beneficiary list, he said, adding that they also have to handle other complaints lodged by affected people.
According to the NRA data, a total of 207,500 quake-hit people have registered complaints at the authority that has planned to do survey in eight districts in the first phase in collaboration with the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
The authority is planning to collect on-field statistics of the 14 districts within September 16. During this process, it will verify status of 81,082 families, who have already been included in beneficiary list and status of 52,278 families, who have been left out of the list.
NRA has already looked into complaints filed by households which had not been included in the beneficiary list and included 39,097 families in the list. Likewise, 13,565 families who needed their houses to be retrofitted have been included in the ‘retrofitting’ list.
According to NRA, a large number of complaints filed in Sindhuli, Makawanpur, Kavrepalanchowk and Dolakha districts have to be verified again. The number of complaints that need to be verified again are lower in Rasuwa, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur.
Meanwhile, the authority has deputed local social mobilisers and engineers to carry out the resurvey in coordination with newly elected local representatives.
It has also appealed the people in affected districts, local representatives, political parties and other related agencies for help in making this campaign a success.

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