Over 400,000 families receive second trancheMore than 400,000 quake-affected families have received the second tranche of government grant for rebuilding private homes damaged by the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.
More than 400,000 quake-affected families have received the second tranche of government grant for rebuilding private homes damaged by the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.
With deadline for receiving second tranche of housing grant ending by mid-July, there has been rise in the number of households taking such grant, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) said in a statement.
NRA disburses the second tranche of the grant to eligible families after the authority’s engineers confirm the rebuilding of houses meets the stipulated standards.
According to NRA, 435,400 families are eligible to receive the second installment of housing grant of Rs150,000.
NRA Joint Spokesperson Manohar Ghimire said setting the deadline to receive grants, coordination with local representatives and availability of technical manpower at the local level spurred many families to obtain the second installment of the grant.
Among the 14 districts hit hardest by the earthquake, Sindhupalchowk tops the list of beneficiaries of the second installment.
So far, 68,311 families in Sindhupalchowk have received the second installment.
The NRA has said 174,208 families are eligible for the third installment of housing grant; of these 137,731 families have already received the grant.
As of June 7, 162,189 private homes have been rebuilt while 481,004 are under reconstruction stage.
The NRA has said there’s an increase in the number of families seeking the third tranche of grant. Of the 174,208 authorised beneficiaries of the third tranche, 137,731 have already received the amount.
Following the earthquake, the government decided to provide Rs200,000 per household as private housing rebuilding aid. It later increased it to Rs300,000 to be distributed in three installments of Rs 50,000, Rs 150,000 and Rs 100,000.
NRA HOUSING GRANT
Families eligible for housing grant 775, 127
Families eligible for retrofitting grant 29,493
Families that signed agreement 718,903
Families that received first installment 710,043
Families eligible for second installment 435,340
Families eligible for third installment 174,208
Private homes under reconstruction 481,004
Private home rebuilt 162,189