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Nepal quake reconstruction authority chief faces graft probe

PTI
Published Mar 21, 2016, 9:11 pm IST
Updated Mar 21, 2016, 9:11 pm IST
Nealy 9,000 people were killed and more than a million homes were destroyed in the last April.
Sushil Gyewali was in December appointed chief of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), charged with spending $4.1 billion in funds raised after the quake which killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed more than half a million homes last April. (Photo: AFP)
 Sushil Gyewali was in December appointed chief of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), charged with spending $4.1 billion in funds raised after the quake which killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed more than half a million homes last April. (Photo: AFP)

Kathmandu: Nepal's newly-appointed chief of the earthquake reconstruction authority is being probed after complaints of alleged corruption in handling the spending of USD 4.1 billion raised after the massive tremors that killed nearly 9,000 people, an official said on Monday.

Sushil Gyewali, who was appointed chief of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) three months ago, was charged with spending USD 4.1 billion funds raised after the quakes.

 

Nealy 9,000 people were killed and more than a million homes were destroyed in the last April.

The Commission for the Investigation of the Abuse of Authority had received complaints regarding Gyewali's handling of decisions in his previous job as executive director of the Town Development Fund, as well as in his current role as NRA chief, spokesman Krishna Hari Pushkar said.

"Several complaints have been filed against him accusing that he was colluding with national and international organisations in violation of the existing system and procedure," Pushkar said.

 

He said there were concerns over the slow pace of reconstruction and relief activities being carried out by the NRA under Gyewali.

Gyewali, is accompanying Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on an official visit to China. Nepal government is being strongly criticised for the delays in the reconstruction of quake-ravaged areas and for delays in disbursing the aid pledged by donors.

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