Urban Development Minister Sita Gurung has directed to provide housing facilities to the citizens rendered homeless due to disasters including fire well before the rainy reason.
Addressing a welcome and briefing program organized by the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction at the Ministry on Sunday, Minister Gurung directed to arrange basic housing facilities for the citizens rendered homeless by natural disasters within two months.
“The constitution itself has laid down a provision of providing basic housing facilities to the citizens as a fundamental right. There are also legal provisions and subsidies," Minister Gurung said, "Those who are entitled to get the facility of safe housing should be provided with basic housing before the rainy reason.”
“There is a system of providing grants for citizens to procure zinc sheets and subsidized wood and to construct houses for the poor as per the housing implementation procedure,” said Minister Gurung, “However, such are programs have not been effective.”
Minister Gurung has instructed to work in such a way that maximum results can be obtained from the government investment.
Expressing concerns over the waste management of Kathmandu, Gurung said that the Banchare Danda Landfill Site should be taken forward in coordination with the local levels.
Directly elected Member of Parliament (MP) from Tehrathum district representing Nepali Congress, Gurung was appointed as the Minister for Urban Development on March 31.
She is the lone winner out of five first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral candidates fielded by Nepali Congress in the elections held on November 20 last year. The other FPTP candidates who did not make it to the House of Representatives in the elections were Chitra Lekha Yadav, Pushpa Bhusal, Sujata Koirala and Dina Upadhyaya.
She had won the general elections by defeating Bijaya Subba of CPN (UML) by a margin of 1,070 votes.