Citizen Journalism Project (CJP)
Nepal, July 12
Buddhist monks from across Nepal have announced to organize mass demonstrations in Kathmandu to protest slow pace of post earthquake reconstruction. More than 90 percent of nearly 1,000 Buddhist monasteries and temples destroyed during April 2015 Nepal earthquake still await reconstruction.
The earthquake had killed over 9,000 people and displaced tens of thousands of families.
Organizing a conference in Kathmandu, the monks said that they would organize a mass rally in the Capital city to mount pressure on the government to expedite reconstruction works. Hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist temples were destroyed during the earthquake.
Official figures show that the earthquake had fully or partially destroyed 993 monasteries mostly in central Nepal. There are around 5,000 Buddhist monasteries in Nepal.
Sano Babu Lama, coordinator of the struggle committee, said that monks from across Nepal would participate in the protest.
“We are planning to bring some 10,000 monks in the street to protest the slow works,” said Lama, a monk himself. Lama said that they are not happy with the amount of budget allocated to reconstruction of monasteries.
Due to budget crunch, Nepal government reduced the budget allocated for reconstruction of monasteries from Rs 8 billion to Rs 1 billion.
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‘शुभ दिनको शुभकामना । २०७२ साल वैशाख १२ र २९ गते गएको महाभूकम्पबाट ध्वस्त भएको बौद्ध गुम्बा र बिहारको पूननिर्माण पुर्णरुपमा सरकारले गर्नु पर्ने माग गर्दै काठमाडौँमा हिजो बृहत भेलाको आयोजना गरी संघर्ष समिति गठन गरिएको छ । सो संघर्ष समितिले साउन महिनाको पहिलो हप्ता काठमाडौंमा बृहत बिरोध सभा गर्ने भएको छ । यस भन्दा अघि सरकारले बौद्ध गुम्बा र बिहारको पूननिर्माणको निम्ति आठ अर्ब बजेट छुट्याएको थियो । तर अहिले सम्म सरकारले त्यो बजेट बितरण गरेको छैन । बिरोध सभामा सहभागी हुन ईच्छुक ब्यक्तिहरुले मोबाइल नम्बर ९८५१०३३५७८ मा फोन गर्नुहुन अनुरोध गर्दछु ।”