Monday, July 17, 2017

NRA asks quake victims to collect grant within a year

The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) – in line with the decision of the 10th steering committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba last week – has set the deadline of mid-July, 2018 to distribute the grant amount to households, whose houses were damaged by the devastating earthquake of 2015.
Identified eligible housing aid beneficiaries should collect the entire grant amount within this fiscal year, the NRA chief executive Govinda Raj Pokharel said, adding that the NRA cannot keep distributing the housing aid for an indefinite period. "So, we would like to urge all the beneficiaries to use the facility extended by the government till mid-July next year."
The specific time has been designated to expedite the post-earthquake reconstruction process.
Those who have collected the first tranche by mid-January 2016 should receive their second tranche by mid-January 2017. For the beneficiaries, who received the first tranche by mid-November 2017 should collect the second tranche by mid-April 2018, he said, adding that the beneficiaries, who received the second tranche by mid-January 2018 should receive the third tranche by mid-June 2018 and those obtaining second tranche by mid-January 2017 should obtain third tranche by mid-July 2018.
Though the NRA initiated the process of distributing the housing grant from March 13, 2016, the process has been pathetic. Till the date, only around 45,000 houses have been rebuilt and 115,000 are under construction. "In contrast, the number of identified beneficiaries in the worst-hit 14 districts stands at 626,694, with additional 98,201 beneficiaries listed in less-affected 17 districts," he added.
Out of the total 724,895 beneficiaries in 31 quake-affected districts, 594,150 have already received the first tranche till date, but the number of households coming forward for the second and third installments of the housing grant is very low, according to the NRA. "Likewise, only 52,166 have received the second installment so far."
Immediately after the devastating 2015 Gorkha earthquake, the government had decided to provide Rs 200,000 per household as private housing rebuilding aid, which was later increased to Rs 300,000 to be distributed in three installments; Rs 50,000; Rs 150,000 and Rs 100,000. The amount is being disbursed in three installments to ensure that the quake survivors rebuild quake resilient homes in line with the compliance and design set by the government.

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