GYAN P NEUPANE
KATHMANDU, Dec 10: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has sought clarifications from the World Vision International following complaints registered against the organization with regard to the reconstruction-related work it is carrying out in earthquake-hit districts.
NRA has said that the organization has been accused in the complaints of breaching the conditions of the agreement signed with NRA.
NRA in its letter written to the INGO on Monday sought clarifications within seven days over three specific points.
“How many foreign nationals are working [with the INGO] and what are the responsibilities given them to implement the programs?” NRA has questioned. It has also asked from where the foreign nationals received recommendations for their visas.
“How were the selection criteria, methods and procedures for selecting local partner organizations as stated in the agreement determined?” reads the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Republica.
In its third question, NRA has asked, “In whose names are the bank accounts operated for the partner organizations to spend the money?”
“Which are the banks where the accounts are being operated?”
Copies of the letter were sent to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers and to the Social Welfare Council. NRA has asked the council to provide some related particulars about the organization.
The organization was permitted to spend Rs 3.27 billion for various programs. It is allowed to work to build private houses, health posts and water, sanitation and hygiene related facilities in Dolakha, Sindhupalchwok, Nuwakot, Dhading and Gorkha districts.
“After receiving several complaints about the organization’s activities, NRA sought clarifications and details about the current status of the organization’s ongoing work,” Ram Thapaliya, spokesperson at NRA, told Republica. “We have some other organizations on the same list. We will take similar action against them as well within some days.”
According to him, some other organizations were also found breaching the guidelines set by NRA. “If the details to be provided by the organizations cannot satisfy NRA, we will form a committee for further investigations,” he said. “We will take strong actions against them if needed.”
Locals in Gorkha and Dolakha districts were outraged as they were allegedly not provided assistance as committed by the organization. In Gorkha, the locals also accused the organization of spending aid money “on logistical purposes in a luxurious way while the earthquake victims weren’t provided the support meant for them”.
Similarly in Dolakha district, the organization was accused of misusing the funds meant for earthquake victims.
Meanwhile, Pushkar Khati, public engagement associate director of World Vision International, said that the organization has received NRA’s letter and was preparing a reply.
“We will send our answer to NRA within a few days. We are ready to conduct necessary investigations through our own internal mechanisms and we will also allow NRA to investigate the issues if needed,” Khati told Republica.
First appeared in Republica