KATHMANDU: Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae today handed over a cheque for Rs 47,739,000 to the Prime Minister’s Natural Disaster Relief Fund that has been set up to respond to the victims of floods and landslides that have claimed scores of people across the country and rendered thousand homeless.
While handing over the amount to the relief fund, Ambassador Rae said the Government of India donated the amount to support Nepal government’s efforts to carry on with the relief and rehabilitation work for the flood and landslide victims, according to a press release issued by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s press coordinator Prakash Adhikari.
Ambassador Rae said the occurrence of natural disasters was not confined to territorial borders and that India was ready to work in close coordination to prevent such disasters, added the release.
On his part, Prime Minister Koirala thanked the Indian government for the assistance.
According the press release, some non-government organisations also donated money to the Prime Minister’s Natural Disaster Relief Fund.
The prime minister told the donors that he had instructed all concerned to distribute relief packages to victims effectively.
He said Minister Sunil Bahadur Thapa, who has the experience of handling natural disasters since his tenure in the United Nations, has been tasked with the duty to monitor and coordinate relief and rehabilitation work, according to the release.
Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal donated Rs 1 11,111 to the fund on behalf of ApexCollege. Minister Rijal is the Chairperson of the college.
Similarly, Chair of Siddhartha Bank Limited Chiranjibi Lal Agrawal and Chief Executive Officer of Civil Bank Kishor Maharjan donated Rs 1,000,000 and Rs 5 75,000 to the fund respectively.
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