Last month (Poush 2074), a series of activities took place in the 14 IPERR districts (districts severely affected by the 2015 earthquake). Grievances related to housing grants, banking loans and second installment payments were collected in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Sindhuli and Gorkha districts and forwarded to respective government offices for their immediate attention towards redressal. Responses were received from concerned government office on the remedial steps taken. A Public Hearing took place in Okhaldhunga district with around 200 people who raised queries related to missing names in the beneficiary list, delay in receiving first and second tranche and techniques for retrofitting etc. The queries were dealt by NRA Chief, CLPIU and DLPIU engineers. Discussion with women & socially backward communities took place in Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Gorkha, Kavrepalanchowk, Sindhuli, Dolakha and Kavre districts to understand their challenges and experiences on reconstruction of private houses and government support.
Meeting with the newly elected local bodies were organized in Okhaldhunga and Bhaktapur districts to appeal to the representatives to be the torch bearer of the victims through greater engagement in monitoring earthquake reconstruction. Policy level discussions on reconstruction law, guidelines and directives were held in Okhaldhunga, Sindhupalchowk and Makwanpur districts where Chief District Officers, NRA district chief, DLPIU chief and other stakeholders shed light on the legal frameworks, actual progress and challenges faced.
School reconstruction observations were organized in Okhaldhunga, Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Bhaktapur and Makwanpur districts where major stakeholders – school principle, contractor, parents school management committee members, DLPIU and NGOs – participated in the progress review discussions and got briefed about the budget and construction status.
Hoarding boards with IPERR message were placed around government offices premises in Dolakha and Kavrepalanchowk districts appealing people to complain if they have grievances in reconstruction. To ensure youth engagement in reconstruction work, volunteers from local colleges were oriented in Lalitpur, Nuwakot and Gorkha districts and engaged in facilitating information and service to the people. Meeting in Kavre district was held among NGOs working in the district to build the coordination in TI Nepal efforts to watch reconstruction.
An all stakeholder meeting was held in Basantapur Darbar Square, Kathmandu in the presence of Deputy Mayor of KMC, to discuss ongoing progress and challenges on heritage reconstruction. An observation tour of the Hanuman Dhoka heritage site and the work in progress was made. Similar, a stakeholder meeting was held at a historic gumba in Hetauda.
The activities were all aimed at increasing civil society watch on the reconstruction process, jointly with government, elected representatives, stakeholder and the victims.