KATHMANDU — The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) formally started its house rebuilding campaign to 11 severely quake-affected districts including Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk on Sunday, on the occasion of first anniversary of the devastating earthquake of April 25.
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari announced the beginning of the campaign by establishing the foundation stone for Gopal BK’s home in Barpak– the epicenter of April 25 quake while Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reached Chautara in Sindhupalchok — the the worst-hit district in terms of casualties — to lay the foundation stone for the house of Sarbe Tamang.
President Bhandari also established the foundation stone of the quake memorial park in Barpak, Gorkha.
Likewise, The PM also handed over agreement paper for reconstruction of the house belonging to Yadu Maya Ghorasaini, a single woman, at a special function organised in Chautara.
Earlier, PM Oli had laid a floral wreath at the base of the ruins of Dharahara, in Kathmandu, in memory of those killed during the quake last year.
Deputy prime ministers, ministers, chief executive officer of National Reconstruction Authority, chief secretary, high-level government officers, security chiefs, representatives of diplomatic missions and the public offered condolences to those who died in the earthquake last year at the condolence ceremony.
The PM expressed dissatisfaction with the conditions of donors for reconstruction of houses of quake victims.
The Oli-led government has been facing criticism from all quarters, besides the International Community for delaying the reconstruction process and not providing necessary subsidies to victims to reconstruct their damaged dwellings.
The NRA announced the names of 300,981 beneficiaries in 11 of the 14 worst-his districts.
The Dolakha sub-regional office of the NRA has begun reconstruction of 10 houses in Ramechhap district.
Meanwhile the four top leaders of major parties are scheduled to inaugurate the reconstruction work of cultural heritages at a program organised by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in different parts of Kathmandu Valley on Monday.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.