Grant money increased to 300000

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Kathmandu, Sept. 26: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has proposed distributing the housing reconstruction grant of Rs. 300,000 in three installments – Rs. 50,000, Rs. 150,000 and Rs. 100,000.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda had announced to increase the grant money from Rs. 200,000 to Rs. 300,000.

NRA chief executive officer Sushil Gyawali proposed increasing the amount instead of increasing installments.

As per earlier decision, the government has deposited the first installment of the grant money into the bank accounts of 393,677 families of the worst quake-hit 11 districts.

The number is about 74 per cent of the total beneficiaries in those districts.

The proposal was tabled at the meeting of the NRA Steering Committee held Sunday which was chaired by the PM Prachanda who also chairs the committee.

The meeting will also make decision over providing interest free loan of Rs. 300,000.

Housing reconstruction grant agreement was signed with 454,015 families in 11 districts that consist of 85 per cent of the total identified beneficiaries.

According to a report submitted by the Central Level Programme Implementation Unit (CLPIU) at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development to the meeting, around 170,453 families have registered their complaints at various agencies of the government demanding that they should be included in the list of beneficiaries.

The report said that the government couldn’t sign housing grant agreement with 845 families in Hatpate VDC of Sindhuli as other households obstructed the agreement demanding to address their complaints first.

Many families couldn’t sign the agreement in Sindhupalchowk as their houses were constructed in unregistered land.

Similarly, as the number of households in the proposed Budhigandaki dam area in Dhading and Gorkha has yet to be fixed, the agreement process has come to a halt there.

The grant agreement couldn’t be signed with about 1,672 families in the Budhigandaki area in Gorkha alone.

Problems related to the inheritance sharing of the land, migration, lack of land ownership certificates, and absence of genuine beneficiaries obstructed making agreements and distributing grants.

The number of families that couldn’t sign the grant agreement due to Budhigandaki project stood at 3,560, those living in the unregistered land are 7,884, those living in the land belonging to the trust are 3,592, those living in the land prone to landslides are 1,392, and those facing locals’ obstruction are 2,783.

Meanwhile, the government had completed the survey of 104,558 families in the Kathmandu Valley.

 Gyawali said that the reconstruction grant signing programme would start in the Valley a couple of days.