Govt is building ‘safe nation’

Kathmandu, January 16

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said the government is in the process of building a ‘safe nation’.

In a message issued on Wednesday on the occasion of the 21st National Earthquake Safety Day, he said “We are into a campaign to construct safe houses, school buildings and settlements. We will build all structures that are earthquake resilient.”

Referring to the devastating earthquake of April 2015, PM Oli said the government had arranged for reconstructing safe settlements for the quake survivors currently residing in public lands.

“The government has brought into effect the Integrated Working Procedure for Subsidised Credit 2018, through which those quake survivors unable to start reconstruction of their houses for want of adequate funds can seek for concessional loans up to Rs 300,000. The process to provide additional Rs 50,000 grant and technical aid to those senior citizens and children affected by the quake to rebuild their earthquake resistant houses has started.”

In a bid to make reconstruction sustainable, local governments were provided with resources and the responsibility to reconstruct archaeological structures damaged by the quake, and ancient originality had been taken into account in the process, read the message.

“The government is always committed to adopting preparedness for natural disasters and dealing with post-earthquake risks.”

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