October 25, Kathmandu. The government has invited petitions from eligible families to transfer cash to the extremely poor families affected by the Kovid-19 epidemic.
The Ministry of Finance issued a 15-day notice on Thursday calling for the petition. Families can apply at the permanent or temporary ward office where they reside within 15 days from the date of publication of the notice.
The government had last week made public the procedure for handing over cash to the extremely poor families affected by the Kovid-19 epidemic. According to the procedure, only the applications submitted by the eligible families will be eligible. This time, the government is distributing grants of Rs 10,000 to five lakh families.
Who will get government cash?
Citizens who have lost their profession, business or labor opportunities due to captivity to control the Kovid epidemic and financially deprived citizens will get Rs 10,000 per family. According to the working procedure, this amount will be given to the unemployed unorganized sector workers who have completely lost their previous employment and have not got another job opportunity.
Open road It is mentioned in the working procedure that the very poor businessmen who sell goods on the sidewalk or in the grass, nanglo, doka etc. and also the daily wage porters, agricultural laborers, shepherds, wage laborers, rickshaw pullers, wheelbarrow laborers and public transport laborers and tourist porters will also get this assistance.
It is written in the working procedure that even the family who has to face financial crisis due to the death of the main income earner of a household due to the infection of Kovid-19 or the family taking care of the helpless minor who has lost their parents will also get the money.
In what cases do they not receive assistance?
Such application will be disqualified if any member of the household is earning income by working in government, private or union and foreign employment on permanent, temporary or contract basis at the time of application even in the family on the list of recipients.
Social Security Allowance provided by the Government of Nepal (Senior Citizen, Single Woman, Dalit or Handicapped or even the family receiving pension from the Government of Nepal and Foreign Government) cannot claim this amount.
Even families who are able to meet immediate expenses from accumulated income or patrimonial property will be ineligible for the money. Even those who have received cash as relief from the Prime Minister’s Employment Program or the Government of Nepal, state government or local level programs will not receive the money.
Bank account mandatory
The bank account of the applicant has to be mandatory. The details of such account should be submitted at the time of application. In the case of a petitioner who has been temporarily residing in the applicant’s ward, it is mentioned in the rules of procedure that any other Nepali citizen living in the neighborhood other than a single family member or the landlord who has been living in his / her own house should have identified such temporary settlement.
Necessary facilitation will be provided by the ward office in case the applicant is unable or unaware of filling the application on his / her own. In the case of a minor who has lost a parent due to covid, the procedure has been made so that the guardian can apply.
The person taking the cash should also do the service himself
The government has made it possible for a person to avail this assistance from the government for self-service when needed. While submitting the application, the Government of Nepal has to express commitment to work as a volunteer in any public development project equal to the minimum working day based on the minimum daily wage. On the same basis, the person of that family has to serve himself.
To be recommended by the ward chairman
Applications will be examined within seven days from the date of submission of applications. After that, the ward chairman will recommend the name of the beneficiary at the local level. If the beneficiary is found to be ineligible or if more than one person from the same family has applied, the ward chairman has to reject the reason stating the same and inform the applicant about it. The procedure stipulates that a local level administrative officer should conduct a study if there is any objection to the claim that a person is ineligible for the money.
Sending money to bank account
After the final list of beneficiaries is published from the local level, the amount will be transferred to the bank account of the applicant at the rate of Rs. 10,000. As there is no mention of cash transfer in the procedure, it is mandatory to open a bank account. The local level is required to send the cash transfer report to the District Comptroller and Auditor General’s Office within 15 days of the transfer. The funds will be disbursed from the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General to the concerned local level.
A steering committee headed by the finance secretary will be formed to provide guidance on money transfer. The committee will also have members from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Federal Affairs and General Administration, Ministry of Land Management and Poverty Alleviation, Secretary of the National Planning Commission, Association of Nepal Municipalities and Chairperson of the National Federation of Villages Nepal. The monitoring and facilitation work at the local level will be done by the committee headed by the local level deputy chief or vice-chairman.