The remaining post-earthquake reconstruction works should be expedited in coordination among all the bodies concerned for their timely completion. This was the conclusion of a discussions programme among the House of Representatives, Development and Technology Committee, the National Reconstruction Authority and the Ministries and agencies which have been handed over the reconstruction works. Committee president Kalyani Kumari Khadka said the discussions have been organized so that there is no problem in coordination in carrying out the remaining reconstruction works. She directed the ministries to mobilize adequate means and resources, including the human resources, for the timely completion of the reconstruction works.
Lawmaker Ganesh Kumar Pahadi said several reconstruction projects to be carried out by the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction in the past were still not completed. He called attention of the ministries not to let that happen regarding remaining reconstruction works under their responsibility. Similarly, lawmakers Kedar Sigdel, Asha Kumari BK, Yagya Raj Sunuwar, Gajendra Bahadur Mahat, Rajendra Kumar Rai and Bina Kumari Shrestha expressed that whatever reconstruction works have been carried out so far are satisfactory and there is need to further expedite the remaining works, including the rebuilding of monasteries and heritage sites, through better coordination. The reconstruction experience so far has shown that Nepalis are also capable of carrying out the reconstruction with limited resources. This is also the time to test the capacity of our ministries, they opined.
National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gewali stressed that the remaining reconstruction works should be moved ahead as per the directives issued by the Directive Committee on August 25. He said clear provisions have been made in course of the handover of the reconstruction works regarding the organizational structure, human resources and the required budget. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority’s chief executive officer Anil Pokharel said the reconstruction works had been carried out in the meantime in close coordination with the NRA and this has created the basis for continuing the works to be handed over following the completion of the NRA’s term.
Finance Secretary Madhu Kumar Marasini shared that the budget for the reconstruction has been increased by Rs 4 billion through the Budget Replacement Bill.