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Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Jan, 2019

Program: Bikash ko Bato

Episode: 24                              Broadcast : 27, 28, and 29 January 2019

Issue: Changes and benefits experienced after formation of local government

 

The Local Government Operation Act, 2074 makes reference to local development plans under the new federal system and their implementation at the local level being transparent and participatory. Inclusive participation involves getting the views of local intellectual experts, marginalized people, dalits, children, disabled, senior citizens and other related stakeholders. Episode 24 begins with a local voices from Mugu where participation in local level development plans has taken place. In contrast, a report from Jumla highlights local peoples’ ignorance about their expected involvement in development plan making. The report includes local representative admissions about defects in proper orientation of local citizens and the challenges faced in getting their engagement in planning programs. In contrast, this episode includes an interview with the Deputy Chairperson Kalawati Bhan of Ajaymeru Rural Municipality, Dadeldhura where the proportional participation of locals in various development plans and implementation of activities have been discussed openly and been widely publicized in the Municipality.

Philippa joining MHLR
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Jan, 2019

RAP3 MHLR team are pleased to welcome Ms Philippa Jefferis to the team. Philippa is a civil engineer from the UK with experience in project management, site supervision, design and maintenance of infrastructure projects in the UK, Sierra Leone and Australia.  She will support the MHLR team primarily in terms of contract management, safeguards management, and in the development of project handbooks and manuals. 

Handover of GSKDR Road to Adanchuli RM in Humla
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Jan, 2019

With the 12.205 km GSK DR under RAP 3 in Humla substantially completed, a hand over ceremony to Adanchuli Rural Municipality was held on 24th January, 2019 at Shreenagar. The handover was attended by Mr. Dala Fadera, Chairperson of Adanchuli Rural Municipality, Vice Chairman Saumati Rawal Aidi and Executive Officer Romakanta Pandey. Also in attendance were ward chairpersons, representatives of different political parties, LRCC and LRUCs and other stakeholders who gave speeches thanking the RAP 3 programme and the local team. Bishnu Prasad Kharel (DTL) presented the handover certificate, design drawings, IEE and completion reports to the Chairperson Fadera who thanked DFID and RAP3 team for timely completion and presented a certificate of appreciation to the RAP team and DFID Nepal and committed to maintain the road from now onwards.

RAP3 operating from Surkhet Infrastructure Development Office (IDO)
by: RAP 3      on: 24th Jan, 2019

RAP3 has started operating from IDO, the newly established office under Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Development (MoPID), Karnali Province. The new RAP3 cluster office will look after Surkhet, Dailekh and Salyan DCCs in the Province and will update the local road network GIS database for the preparation of Provincial Transport Master Plan (PTMP) for Karnali Province. Besides this, RAP3 will also provide Technical Assistance to IDO offices and Rural/Municipalities to support Road Maintenance Groups and capacity building initiatives on a 'as-need' basis.

100 % Success on NSTB Skill Test
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Jan, 2019

The RAP3 MHLR project, through the Equipment Based Road Works (EBRW) Pilot conducted excavator operator training in September – October 2018 in Bama village.  The training covered the full CTEVT curriculum for Level 1 Excavator Operator training, with minor additions to cover RAP3 working modalities.  The training included knowledge of how the excavator parts work, managing inventory of spare parts, carrying out routine maintenance and basic repairs, company administration, safety and security, environmentally sound excavation techniques, minimum standards (gradients, curves, slope angles) of local roads.

The training included an internal skills assessment covering both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.  Immediately after the training, EBRW Pilot had supported the National Skills Testing Board (NSTB) to send official examiners to Bama to conduct an official NSTB skills test.  This is the first time NSTB had conducted the skills test in such a remote location.

Following a long and nervous wait, we are very pleased to announce that all 26 participants from EBRW / CTEVT training that entered the NSTB Level 1 skills test have passed – a success rate of 100%.  This demonstrates both the quality of the training delivered by trainers from the Institute of Enterprise Development (IED) and the commitment and efforts made by the participants themselves during the training.

Once the certificates are ready and distributed, MHLR will support the successful participants that meet the licensing requirements to apply for and obtain their excavator operator driving licences.  After they get their license, we plan to engage some of these newly qualified operators to gain further experience and on the job training on MHLR through a second phase of the EBRW Pilot. 

Ncell joining the Hamri Didi partnership
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Jan, 2019

Ncell have partnered with RAP3, Unilever Nepal Limited and Bottlers Nepal Limited to support women in remote areas of Provinces 6 and 7 to establish small businesses.  474 women have been appointed as rural sales agents selling Unilever, Coca-Cola and now, Ncell products within their local communities.

Himalayan News Service

KATHMANDU: Ncell has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UKaid funded RAP3 CONNECT to offer over 400 women the opportunity to become retailers of Ncell recharge cards. The MoU will benefit 400 women micro-entrepreneurs associated with RAP3 CONNECT by adding Ncell recharge cards in their sales basket, enabling them to function as retailers of the company, as per a statement issued by the firm. Ncell hopes this will support the women to secure sustainable incomes, and also enable some of them to build their business to sell e-charge and SIM cards in the future.  With the MoU, Ncell joins an existing partnership between RAP3 CONNECT, Unilever Nepal, Bottlers Nepal and Prabhu Bank that is working to enable women in remote areas of Provinces 6 and 7 to establish small businesses.

 A version of this article appears in print on January 22, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

 Read more in an article inHimalayan Times - https://thehimalayantimes.com/business/ncells-new-initiative-2/

 See also http://www.abhiyan.com.np/?p=311776 and http://epaper.nagariknetwork.com/nagarik/src/epaper.php?id=3704#page/16

Joint monitoring visit of GSKDR Road in Humla
by: RAP 3      on: 22nd Jan, 2019

The 12.2km Galfagad-Shreenagar-Kalika Distict Road (GSKDR) under RAP3 has been substantially completed. The road was jointly monitored by Mr Dala Fadera Chairman, Vice-Chairperson Mrs. Saumati Rawal Aidi, all ward chairpersons, Executive Officer Mr. Romakanta Pandey, Engineer Mr. Makardhoj Shahi of Adanchuli Rural Municipality & local journalist Mr. Kali Bahadur Thapa of Radio Shreenagar. Mr Mahesh Prasad Bhattarai (SDO) and Mr Dor Bahadur Shrestha (IoW) briefed the team from the road’s starting point to its end point. They visited the whole corridor in two days, 18th to 20th Jan 2019. The team members were happy after visiting whole road length seeing road’s overall standard and safety except for few narrow sections in rocky areas which will be dealt with when equipment can be brought in by MHLR via the army Karnali corridor road now under construction. Therefore the Rural Municipality decided to take over the road on 24th Jan 2019 with a formal programme and committed to mobilize road maintenance groups to prevent any deterioration of road in the future.

Help-Desk Support to RAP3 RMGs
by: RAP 3      on: 22nd Jan, 2019

Since RAP3 exited physically from its five ‘Pilot’ Districts (Jhapa, Morang, Parbat, Sankhuwasabha and Sindhupalchowk) in July 2018, it has been providing continuing support through its central ‘Help-Desk’ in Kathmandu.

Whilst Government earmarked sufficient funds to keep Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) running for this full year, the transition to Provincial–level funding caused a postponement to their mobilisation. Now the Provinces’ Infrastructure Development Offices (IDOs) have been established and are becoming operational. A significant request to the Help-Desk this month came from the Sankhuwasabha IDO whose Chief requested RAP3 to send an experienced Graduate Engineer to oversee the formation and contracting of RMGs. Similar requests are in the pipeline for Parbat and Jhapa with the hope that the others will soon follow.

Bajura and Humla under snow grip
by: RAP 3      on: 22nd Jan, 2019

As reported in RATOPATI, January 22, 2019

Bajura has seen heavy snowfall for the third time since last week of December. Normal life has been affected and whitened human settlement and mountains in the area, including Rugin, Bichchhaya, Gaumul. Khaptad Chhededaha, Triveni and Budhinanda. The forest areas nearby the district headquarters have seen a pile-up of around half-foot snow. Life in high altitude areas has been badly affected. 

Travel to and from Simkot has been badly affected following the snowfall with people unable to go outside their homes and two-feet of snow reported outside the town with freezing temperatures recorded in many northern villages. 

Internal Audit on Store Physical Verification
by: RAP 3      on: 21st Jan, 2019

RAP3 TMO Internal Auditor Mr. Tika Chandra Maden conducted store physical verification audit from 09-11 January 2019 in Bajura. The main objective of audit was to investigate the effectiveness of the RAP store management system adopted at the district level. The audit covere the following aspects of the store verification:

  • Record keeping systems adopted in the store
  • Cross verification of physical quantities of store items
  • Risk management relating to the store management system

The TMO audit examined the updated store inventory of construction tools and materials, individual RBGs/SBGs inventories and issued stock together with supporting documentation.