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Bikash ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 31st May, 2019

Program: Bikash ko Bato

 

Episode: 42                                                    Broadcast: 2, 3 and 4 June 2019

 

Issue: Misuse of budget at the local levels.

 

In this episode we discuss misuse of budget at the local levels, which is one of the challenges of local government. The constitution of Nepal 2072, article 59, ensures local level decision making for local laws, annual budget decisions, polices and plans on matters related to financial powers within their respective jurisdictions. The Constitution also expects participatory budgeting at local levels, but local voters have accused their representatives of being directly and indirectly involved in the misuse such budgets. This has emerged as a challenge for local government and we examine what can be done to tackle this challenge, based on interviews in Jumla, Humla and Bajura.

RMGs received payment
by: RAP 3      on: 28th May, 2019

Back payments of RMGs of Dadeldhura cluster for the month of Shrawan, Bhadra, Kartik and Mangsir 2075 have been made by RAP3 direct funding. Wage payments were distributed to RMGs of Doti on 23rd May 2019 and Dadeldhura RMGs on the 25th May 2019. There were total 17 RMGs of Doti and 9 RMGs of Dadeldhura whose GON payments were pending from Shrawan 2075 due to delays in the establishment of Infrastructure Development Offices (IDO) in the districts. Currently, RMGs are working under IDO after signing contract agreements from Poush 2075. RMGs were very happy to receiving outstanding payments that could not be paid under GON rules and thanked RAP3 for assistance with the funding of what was owed to them.

Bikash ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 24th May, 2019

Episode: 40 and 41               Broadcast: 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27, 28 May 2019

Issue: Unscientific Random Road Construction; Challenge for Local Government

 In this episode of Bikashko Bato, we will discuss the seemingly random road construction by local government. Following the establishment of local government, road construction has dramatically increased. But this massive construction of roads without any study of environmental effects and proper planning has now become a challenge for local government. Random road construction has resulted in different environmental problems like: destruction of forests, pollution, dryness of various water resources, habitat disturbance of plants and animals and also natural calamities like landslides and soil erosion.

How UK aid is helping contribute to a prosperous Nepal - 23 May 2019
by: RAP 3      on: 24th May, 2019

The Baroness Sugg, CBE, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development visited Surkhet on 21 May 2019. She has since written an article in today’s Kathmandu Post in which she refers to the Rural Access Programme.

She writes that “ In Karnali, I heard  about  the  achievements of the UK's Rural Access Programme. Over the last five years, the programme has helped to build over 73km of new roads and to maintain a further 382km of roads that connect remote communities to the rest of Nepal. The programme is currently embarking on its most ambitious project yet - a 67km road to finally connect Humla district to the rest of the country by road. As well as delivering vital transport access, so far the project has created over 3 million days of employment, over 40 percent of which went to women. And crucially, men and women working on the roads receive equal pay. I was excited to be able to launch a new phase of the work, which will partner with the provincial government to expand the maintenance programme to cover more roads.”

 

Readying MTMP Guidelines for Future Piloting
by: RAP 3      on: 24th May, 2019

RAP3 has prepared Guidelines for a transparent and simplified approach intended to guide Palika’s in the preparation of 5-year ‘Municipal Transport Master Plans (MTMPs)’ for the local road network under their jurisdiction.

In order to ready this for field testing, DoLI and its Technical Committee have been invited to suggest any fine tuning and to advise on a suitable approach to the piloting. As the main implementation component of RAP3 is now drawing to a close on 30th June 2019, it is likely that this next stage of piloting will be undertaken through other arrangements.

Pilot Testing of the New PTMP Guideline
by: RAP 3      on: 24th May, 2019

After receiving acceptance in principle to the new outline procedure for the ‘Provincial Transport Master Plan (PTMP)’, RAP3 is moving ahead to demonstrate the approach by piloting it in Karnali Province.

GIS specialists in the RAP3 head office are completing the update of maps based on GPS field data which will capture the new names and positions of all the Palika Centres. This will lead to the identification of a key link connecting each centre with the national highway network. The teams will then collect the remaining data relating to traffic intensities, road widths and surfacing types and enter this into a priority ranking system comprising a set of six measurable criteria.

The target is to share a draft output with DoLI’s Technical Committee before the result of the PTMP piloting is presented to Provincial leaders by mid-June.

Auction sale of RAP 3 motorcycles
by: RAP 3      on: 22nd May, 2019

RAP has successfully completed 3 phases of asset disposal management and the 4th phase disposal is near completion. Most of the RAP assets have been transferred to MHLR, cluster offices, handed over to local government partners and a few scrapped.  RAP has allocated all 4 wheelers to MHLR construction and maintenance components. Out of a total of 52 motorcycles, 13, which are not required by the project, shall be disposed by auction. This requires the public being given 15 days’ notice in a national newspaper. Interested bidders can submit sealed bids at RAP 3 Regional Office Nepalgunj where bids will be opened and evaluated by an RAP committee in the presence of representatives from Transport Management Office, Nepalgunj and DFID-Nepal. The auction sale procedure was started on 17 May 2019 and a total of 40 days will be required to complete the auction.

RAP3 DPM Visited Surkhet
by: RAP 3      on: 21st May, 2019

RAP3 Deputy Programme Manager, Dilli Prakash Sitaula made a courtesy visit to Honorable Khadka Bahadur Khatri, Minister of Physical Infrastructure Development and Honorable Dala Rawal, Social Development Minister on 19th May to discuss the upcoming UK's Minister for International Development visit to Surkhet and overall RAP3's support to Karnali Province. At a meeting organised in the minister’s chamber, Mr. Sitaula handed over the draft Provincial Transport Master Plan (PTMP) guidelines and informed about plans to a Karnali PTMP workshop that is going to be organised in the month of June. Mr. Sitaula also had a meeting with the Secretary of Chief Minister and Council of Ministers and briefed about the progress made on PTMP for the province.

RBGs and SRBGs received payment
by: RAP 3      on: 21st May, 2019

Wage payment has been distributed to Panidhara Local Road User Committee (LRUCs) and Bama Special Road Building Groups (SRBGs) at Bama on 2nd May2019. LRUCs and SRBGs were invited to Himodaya Lower Secondary School to receive their payment. MHLR project field Manager and field staff successfully led the payment programme. There were altogether 10 Road Building Groups (RBGs) in Panidhara LRUC in which 104 were women and 96 were men.  They received the First Interim Payment Certificate (IPC), totalling NPR 33, 27,158.88. Similarly, Bama SRBGs received their second Interim Payment Certificate (IPC) of total amount of NPR. 536,951.96. Our RBGs and SRBGs were happy with the equal payment and appreciated the transparent payment system of RAP3 MHLR. Our workers are being paid equal wage for equal work irrespective of their gender which has been adopted by the programme from the beginning.

Bridge Construction over Luma River
by: RAP 3      on: 21st May, 2019

RAP3 MHLR recently constructed a temporary wooden bridge over Luma River in Mugu to allow construction vehicles (people and mule trains) to cross easily. The 30-metre-long bridge has been constructed by the Road Building Groups (RBGs) of Luma Guru Dev Local Road Users Committee (LRUCs).    Locals of Luma and Bama village requested the bridge as they  were facing difficulty to cross the river during monsoon season.  They will benefit after the operation of this bridge as it allows easy passage for locals, livestock and pedestrians.  In previous monsoon, 3 mules were swept away while crossing the river.  Infrastructure Adviser of DFID Nepal, Dr. Suman Baidya and Team Leader of RAP3 MHLR, Kirsteen Merrilees inaugurated the 30m long bridge on 7th May 2019.  Now, the bridge has enabled locals of Luma and Bama all-season access.  Although the structure is temporary, it should last 5 years or more if well maintained.