PM Koirala not to tolerate misuse of relief funds

Kathmandu, May 25: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that anyone who misuses the rescue and relief fund should be jailed.

While taking suggestions from the National Information Commission for implementing transparency in relief operations, PM Koirala added that the government was conducting the relief operations in a free and fair manner.

PM Koirala further urged all to generously support the government for relief operations as the government was conducting every relief operation following the criteria and legal provisions as well.

The monitoring agencies were active to monitor all the expenditures of the government therefore there was no confusion of misusing the funds.

Prime Minister Koirala clarified that all the relief and reconstruction operations should be conducted through the government mechanism.

PM Koirala even refuted the rumours that the government was corrupt and partial in relief distribution.  

Similarly, the commission has urged the PM Koirala to disseminate authorized news and precautionary information about any possible natural disaster.

Chief Commissioner at the commission Krishna Hari Banskota while submitting the recommendations to PM Koirala, urged the government to arrange special package for media persons who are mobilized in the quake affected risky zones. He further pointed out the need of imparting precaution training to the media persons with necessary equipments.     

Likewise, chief commissioner Banskota urged the government to issue a public notice for providing relief package to the media houses and media equipments that were damaged due to the quake.

The commission has stated that the buildings of  National News Agency, Radio Nepal,  Nepal Television,  Gorkhapatra Sansthan, Kantipur Publications,  Naya Patrika Daily,  Rajdhani Daily,  Nepal Republic Media,  Kamana News,  Nepal News Network International, The Himalayan Times, Karobar Daily,  Arthik Aviyan Daily and Himalaya Times were damaged by the quake.

Meanwhile, the commission submitted its suggestion and a memorandum letter prepared by 61 mediapersons including RTI campaigner Taranath Dahal to PM Koirala.

Also present on the occasion were commissioners Kiran Pokharel and Yasoda Timsina.

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