Conflict victims yet to get allowance

DOLAKHA, DEC 27 -

Two insurgency victims in the district have claimed the government discriminated against them in distributing allowance for livelihood.

Krishna Ghising, who cannot move his both legs after he was injured in a bus ambush by then CPN (Maoist) cadres in November 14, 2002, and Badri Nepal, who lost his one hand in the attack, said they were deprived of the allowance though some people having connections with political leaders were receiving it.

The Peace and Reconstruction Ministry has been providing Rs 6,000 each to 11 conflict victims in the district on the recommendation of a commander of then People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Speaking at a programme by HURADEC, an organisation working in the field of human rights, the Informal Sector Service Centre and the Advocacy Forum Nepal in the district on Wednesday, Ghising and Nepal claimed the ministry provided allowance only to those who were recommended by the PLA commander. Secretary of the local Peace Committee, Mohan Bahadur KC, said some conflict victims except those who were recommended by the PLA have yet to receive the allowance. The Peace Committee admitted that some people were receiving the allowance though they did not meet criteria for the entitlement. Chairman of the Peace Committee Uddhab Kafle said he was saddened by the fact that the ministry did not provide allowance to genuine conflict victims they had recommended for. “It shows there is irregularity in the distribution of the allowance,” he said. HURADEK Chairperson Hom Pathak pointed out towards the need to curb irregularity in the distribution of the allowance.

Posted on: 2012-12-27 08:32