Lack of papers deprive quake survivors of grant

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Banepa, Aug 24: Almost three per cent of the quake-survivors in Kavre have not been able to receive the housing grant provided by the government due to lack of essential documents.
The people who had been living in unregistered land and hence do not have land ownership certificate in the remote Falametar and two other VDCs have been deprived of the grant, despite being eligible for it as a quake survivor, according to the National Reconstruction Authority Sub-regional office in Dhulikhel. As per the regulation, land ownership certificate is mandatory to receive the housing grant.
Around 200 people have been affected as a result of the regulation in Rabiopi VDC, said its secretary Chabbi Lal Shrestha. Of the 970 affected in the district, 783 have already received the first installment of the housing grant.
Senior-Division Engineer at the NRA Sub-Regional Office, Homnath Poudel, said that a working procedure would be formulated soon to resolve problems of landless squatters.
Stating that the office has received 14,000 complaints in the district so far, he said the complaints would be sent to the NRA central office for necessary action. He also shared that the grant agreement signing has been completed in some of the VDCs.
According to the Office, a total of 44,000 households have signed agreement with the government so far in Kavrepalanchowk and Rs 50,000 each has been deposited to the bank account of 33,120 households. Grant agreement is yet to be signed with quake survivors in six VDCs. There are around 65,500 households entitled to receive the housing grant as quake survivors in the district. RSS

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