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Nepal passes bill on creating quake reconstruction authority

world Updated: Dec 16, 2015 18:50 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
Nepal

File photo of a woman standing amid the debris caused by the Nepal earthquakes.(Burhaan Kinu/ HT Photo)

Nearly eight months after two devastating earthquakes killed nearly 9,000 in Nepal, the parliament on Wednesday endorsed a bill authorising the setting up of a reconstruction authority.

The bill came nearly six months after international donors, including India, pledged support worth $4.4 billion to Nepal to help rebuild damaged structures and to provide relief to victims.

A national reconstruction authority was formed by the previous Nepali Congress-led government through an ordinance, but it became ineffective as the government failed to pass a bill in parliament in time for setting up the body.

The authority will be responsible for preparing projects and allotting funds for reconstruction activity.

But differences among major political parties on who should head the body resulted in the bill getting delayed in parliament.

The delay in setting up the authority and disbursement of funds from donors has been decried by several international agencies, including the UN, as thousands of victims are still facing problems.

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