Kathmandu, Jan. 7 Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has instructed the concerned bodies to complete the remaining works on time. In the 21st meeting of the Board of Directors chaired by Prime Minister Deuba, who is also the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Reconstruction Authority, he assured that there would be no shortage of budget for the remaining reconstruction works.
Likewise, Prime Minister Deuba thanked the entire national and international community for their support in successfully completing the work of reconstruction of the structures damaged by the earthquake of 2072 BS and rehabilitation of the displaced families.
On the occasion, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and CPN (UML) leader Subash Nemwang suggested to keep the experience and learning of reconstruction in the institutional memory and stressed on the need to make the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority more autonomous and empowered.
Today’s meeting of the Board of Directors has also decided regarding the work being done under the authority and transfer of rights, obligations, assets, documents and details. The work related to the facilitation, coordination and monitoring of the reconstruction and rehabilitation work being carried out by various ministries, departments and agencies transferred from the National Reconstruction Authority will now be done through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority.
Likewise, it was informed on the occasion that the National Reconstruction Authority has been given the responsibility of preparing the integrated financial statement of current and capital expenditure for the fiscal year 2078/79 and the work related to audit. Also, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority will now look after the seismic housing reconstruction project being implemented as per the agreement with the World Bank and technical assistance related to MDTF, research and reporting.
According to NEA, the physical construction work of Dharara, Singha Durbar, Ranipokhari’s Shantibatika section, Harihar Bhawan and Ranodwip Durbar under Narayanhiti Museum will be overseen by the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction under the Ministry of Urban Development.
The documents under Central Project Implementation Unit (Building), Central Project Implementation Unit (Education) and Central Project Implementation Unit (Grant Management and Local Infrastructure) have been handed over to the concerned Ministries and Departments last August.
The meeting expressed happiness over the successful conclusion of the ‘International Conference on Reconstruction of Nepal’ held in Kathmandu from November 7 to 8 in the midst of the epidemic of Kovid-19.
Thanks have also been extended to the foreign ministers, ministers, deputy ministers and other representatives of various countries and distinguished officials and representatives of various bilateral and multilateral donor agencies who have physically attended the conference or addressed it electronically.
Minister for Education, Science and Technology Devendra Poudel and Minister for Urban Development Ram Kumari Jhankri, Chief Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi, Chief Executive of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority Anil Pokharel, Secretary of Reconstruction Authority and various ministries, members of steering committee and members of NEA executive committee were present in today’s meeting.
The tenure of the National Reconstruction Authority is coming to an end on December 26, according to the provision of Article 3 (3) of the Earthquake Affected Structures Reconstruction Act, 2072 BS and the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Government of Nepal on November 30, 2008. रासस