Nobel laureate’s twin formula for Nepal’s reconstruction

Nobel laureate’s twin formula for Nepal’s reconstruction

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has recommended formation of two different mechanisms – national reconstruction body and international coordinational body – to reconstruct the infrastructures damaged in the devastating earthquake of April 25. He suggested to constitute a high-powered authority to look after the reconstruction affairs at a national level and an international coordination committee to keep Nepal's image intact across the globe. A high-power authority at national level for the reconstruction with leaders of opposition parties, representatives of the government, civil society and former judges is key, he said, adding that an international coordination committee – to build trust from the international donors – with Prime Minister, opposition party leader, government representatives, civil society members and private sector will help Nepal tackle post-earthquake damages, he said. "The international coordination committee will build trust among the donors, who may hesitate to provide funds for reconstruction as the country is in a transitional phase and has weak governance." The high-powered international coordination committee will take development partners into confidence and recognise them as a strategic partner for reconstruction, said Satyarthi, who is currently on a two-day Nepal visit. The development partners in the international coordination committee can help plan reconstruction policies, raise funds, mobilize resources and oversee reconstruction works carried out by the committee led by the Prime Minister, he said, adding that it will also ensure transparency in reconstruction works. Satyarthi's remarks came at a time when the government is planning international donors' conference to raise fund for reconstruction on June 25. Addressing a press conference organised here today, he also shared that he has presented his recommendations to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, apart from other leaders of various political parties, "They have taken it positively," he added. The Nobel Laureate – on the occasion – pledged to present the condition of Nepali schools and children in international arena – during his visits to Norway, Germany and America beginning from tomorrow – and 'call for their support." Lauding the patience of Nepalis people and children's interest to go to their schools he called upon the government, guardians, locals and other stakeholders to be cautious to potential trafficking of children in the quake-hit districts. He also urged to beef up border security as child trafficking is likely to increase in the aftermath of the earthquake. The devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude on April 25 and the repeated aftershocks have rendered around 400 children orphaned underlining the need of social awareness and counselling for the helpless. He also asked the government to give first priority to rebuilding school infrastructures.
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