• 19 August, 2020 2:51 pm


Technical workforce for post-quake housing rebuild reluctant to continue office

Tanahu, Aug 19

Thirteen technical human resources recruited for the District Project Implementation Unit (Grants Management and Local Infrastructure) Office have resigned from jobs.

With the project workforce quitting jobs one after another has hampered the project activities mainly the rebuilding of private houses damaged by the 2015 earthquake. According to the Office, many employees are reluctant to get back to work after the four-month lockdown against COVID-19 as it seems they fear of contracting the virus.

A total of 52 technicians were recruited on the contract-basis for the post-quake private housing reconstruction drive. Of them, only 33 had returned to work after the lockdown. Now, 13 employees have already resigned and six have informed that they would not be returning to duty and sending the resignation, said project chief Jay Prakash Gupta. In lack of sufficient technical workforce, monitoring of house rebuilding procedures and payment of instalment of housing grants have been affected. It is said most of the hired technical workforce were from the Tarai districts affected by coronavirus and they might be hesitant to stay in quarantine if they returned to duty.

The 2015 April earthquake had completely damaged 14,395 houses inflicting partial damages on 1,568 houses in the district. More, Tanahu is also not free from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The infections rate is increasing here and restrictive order has been issued in Byas and Bhanu municipality and others three municipalities has been sealed off after the infection is started seen in the community level, said District Public Health Office Tanahu chief Shankar Babu Adhikari. —

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