7 Dec, Kathmandu. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that there will be no shortage of budget to complete the remaining post-earthquake reconstruction work. This was stated by Prime Minister Deuba at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Reconstruction Authority on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Deuba, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Reconstruction Authority, thanked the entire national and international community for their support in the reconstruction of Nepal and directed the concerned bodies to complete the remaining tasks on time.
The Committee has thanked the NEA leadership and the entire NEA for successfully completing the work related to the reconstruction of the structures damaged by the earthquake of 2072 BS and the rehabilitation of the displaced families.
At the meeting, CPN-UML leader Subash Nemwang, vice-chairman of the board of directors, suggested that the experience and learning of reconstruction be kept in institutional memory. He is of the view that it would be appropriate to make the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority more autonomous and empowered.
NEA Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyawali said that disaster resilience development should be taken as an integral part of the national development plan and the disaster risk reduction and management authority should be provided with necessary legal management and manpower along with special legal authority.
The meeting of the Board of Directors has also decided regarding the transfer of functions and rights, liabilities, assets, superiority, documents and details under the authority.
Remaining work from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRMA) will now facilitate, coordinate and monitor the reconstruction and rehabilitation works being handed over by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) through various ministries, departments and agencies.
The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has also been given the responsibility of preparing the consolidated financial statement of the current and capital expenditure of FY 2011/12 and the work related to audit.
In addition, 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 report.
The Department of Urban Development and Building Construction under the Ministry of Urban Development will look after the physical construction work of the tower, Singha Durbar, Ranipokhari’s Shantibatika section, Harihar Bhawan and Ranodwip Durbar under Narayanhiti Museum.
The documents have been handed over to the concerned ministries and departments in the last week of August under the Central Project Implementation Unit (Building), Central Project Implementation Unit (Education) and Central Project Implementation Unit (Grant Management and Local Infrastructure).
As per the provisions of Section 3 (3) of the Earthquake Affected Structures Reconstruction Act, 2072 BS and the corresponding decision of the Council of Ministers of the Government of Nepal dated 15 December, 2077 BS, the tenure of the National Reconstruction Authority is coming to an end on 9 December.