Parliamentarians press for expediting post-quake reconstruction process

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Kathmandu, Feb 26: National Assembly (NA) members have demanded the earliest acceleration of post-quake reconstruction works in the quake-affected districts.     

It may be noted that an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude severely hit Jajarkot and its adjacent districts on November 3 last year leaving scores of causalities and fatalities and taking a heavy toll on physical properties.     

In today's meeting of the NA, CPN (Maoist Centre)'s parliamentarian Maya Prasad Sharma called for taking forward the reconstruction process in the districts, Jajarkot, Dailekh, Salyan, Doti and Bajhang at the earliest possible.     

Shedding light on the damages that occurred in the communication sector due to the quake, Sharma said, "It is necessary to technically study the geography of the quake-hit areas. The geography of the affected areas has been eroded, fissures have developed in the land and thus it is necessary to study whether those places are suitable to habitat or not," he argued.     

Similarly, CPN (UML)'s Dil Kumari Rawal Thapa emphasized on the development of roads, health and education sectors among others to develop Chitwan as a tourist area.     

"To develop religious tourism in Chitwan, areas such as Damodar Kunda (origin of Narayani river), Muktinah Gosaikunda, Trishuli to Golaghat and Trivenidham should be protected and promoted as major religious spots," she opined.     

Similarly, Nepali Congress's Rameshjung Rayamajhi voiced that the parliamentarians are elected by the people to fulfil their commitments and promises made to the people during the election.

He demanded that usury victims' problems be addressed, federal law be framed at the earliest and the upcoming budget be pro-public rather than in favour of political parties or leaders.     

Likewise, Singha Bahadur Bishwakarma highlighted the need for formulating laws to implement the rights enshrined in the Constitution for Dalit communities.     

Other parliamentarians drawing the attention of the government on good-governance-related issues were Narayan Prasad Dahal, Indu Kadariya, Shekhar Kumar Singh, Narpati Luhar and Deepa Gurung among others. (RSS)

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