PAF to laPAF to launch reconstruction, income generating programmes in quake affected districts

Kathmandu, Dec 18: The Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) is all set to operate economic strengthening and reconstruction projects in the quake affected hardest-hit districts.

The Fund will run the programmes in different 14 districts and for the purpose Rs 11.8 million is to be utilized. The districts are Gorkha, Makawanpur, Chitwan, Rasuwa, Dhading, Ramechhap, Sindhupalchowk, Khotang, Sindhuli, Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga, Dolakha, Nuwakot and Lamjung.

Of total 826 projects run in these districts, 57 are projects for reconstruction of the completely damaged structures and 233 of partly damaged structures. The PAF will run the programme coordinating with the District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee and the District Development Committee.

For the purpose, the PAF has formed a management committee for coordinating these bodies. Similarly, the Fund will run subsidized loan services arranging mobile fund to the quake affected people in these districts.

It is learnt that 1,500 organizations would be provided with Rs 400,000. The PAF Vice-chair Yubraj Pandey informed that the April 25 earthquake and several aftershocks have pushed about 700,000 families under the poverty lines and about 2.79 per cent poverty has increased in the country due to it.

The projects would be launched for two years. The fund has launched different income generating programmes through agriculture, animal keeping, capacity building, infrastructure development, irrigation among others. RSS