JHAPA: In a sheer negligence on part of the government bodies, social security allowances entitled to senior citizens, single women, people with disabilities and endangered indigenous nationalities have been siphoned off.
The allowances allocated to the right-holders for two months, Jeth (mid-May to mid-June) and Asar (mid-June to mid-July) have been embezzled.
The government has been providing monthly Rs 1,000 to people belonging to endangered indigenous nationalities and Rs 500 to others. Quite surprisingly, social security allowances of the months, Shrawan, Bhadra and Asoj, are being distributed leaving two months, Jeth and Asar, behind.
The allowance of earlier month Baisakh was already distributed. The targeted beneficiaries have expressed wrath to the government for not providing them with allowance in a responsible manner.
Venting ire for the misappropriation of their two-month allowance, they have also demanded to immediately provide the amount they are entitled to.
Bimala Sitaula, 51-year widow of Jhapa Mechinagar-1, said they received allowance up to Baisakh earlier and from Saun to Asoj this time. She also presented evidence substantiating her claim.
However, employees at Mechinagar municipality said the government has not released the allowance of the two month.
Chief District Officer Narendra Raj Sharma said efforts are on to approach Local Development Ministry through District Development Committee to resolve the problem. RSS
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