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.Follow @gorkhapost
Two held on charge of girls trafficking
BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.
The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.
The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.
Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.
According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.
It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.
The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.Follow @gorkhapost