Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Nov, 2018

Episode: 18/16                            Broadcast Date: 2nd, 3rd & 4th December 2018


Issue:  Changes in Tax Price by local government


Nepal's constitution has provided local government right to make and implement taxation rules in its area. Some local governments have changed the tax rate and majority people have experienced price hike in tax by their local government. They have complaints about local government increasing tax price without studying the economic status of locals residing in those areas. This week's Bikash ko Bato will discuss the changes of tax prices of some local governments of Sudurpachhim and Karnali province and its implications.

Yuva Vayus to work as sales agents for local agrovets
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Nov, 2018

Yuva Vayus in Dailekh are taking another step towards sustainable income generation, becoming sales agents for local agrovets.

Yuva Vayus in Belpata Dairy Cooperative's supply chain can now sell veterinary medicines to farmers in their communities, earning commission between 2 and 10%.  Similarly, Yuva Vayus in Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative's supply chain will sell seeds, fungicides and insecticides to local farming communities, earning comission on sales. Both agrovet's are offering Yuva Vayus 30 days credit on goods.

Yuva Vavyus are active young women who are currently engaged in activities being promoted by CONNECT partners and volunteered to take on leadership roles mobilising and energising the commercial farmer clusters they belong to.  Learn more about Yuva Vayus.

CONNECT team meet with Doti DCCI members
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Nov, 2018

Members of the CONNECT team were in Doti this week to meet with members of the District Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Earlier this year the District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in Doti elected six women to their Executive Committee.  Yesterday one woman and one man were appointed to the Committee under the reservation quota.  In total there are now seven (41%) female members on the Executive Committee.  This exceeds the 33% minimum reservation for women Executive Committee members recently adopted by the DCCI. 

Wayal Rural Municipality, Doti is implementing the same minimum reservation in their Municipal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), the first MCCI to be established in Doti.  A 13 member pre-election committee has been formed, including 5 female (38%) members, and the constitution which is being drafted will include a 33% minimum reservation for women Executive Committee members.   

The CONNECT team met with DCCI members and DCCI Executive Committee members to understand training and support needs of female Executive Committee members.  

KUSOM students present recommendations for rural businesses
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Nov, 2018

Earlier today, eight MBA students presented their recommendations for businesses in the Mid and Far West of Nepal. 

The MBA students from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) completed their three week Rural Enterprise Service (RES) placecments in Dailekh and Achham, facilitated by RAP3 CONNECT. The students worked with eight businesses, providing business consultancy services tailored to each business' needs.  

KUSOM MBA students are required to complete a three week RES placement as part of their MBA course.  This is the third batch of students to complete their RES placements with CONNECT.  CONNECT identifies businesses and, in collaboration with KUSOM, matches the students to each business based on needs and students' areas of specialism or interest.

External audit completed in Dailekh
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Nov, 2018

The external audit team from TR Upadhaya and Co., Santosh Gyawali and Nishan Bhatta arrived in Dailekh along with Sandip Khanal, Assistant Finance and HR manager from RAP3 TMO on 21st November 2018 to carry out audit on RAP3’s financial and administrative activities for the period of July 2017 to October 2018. The audit was carried out over 4 days from 22nd November to 25th November 2018 to review the financial activities including payment of SMGs, RMGs, Road Term Maintenance and CONNECT expenses. The team also reviewed the expenditure of RAP3’s attendance register of staff, vehicle logbooks, ASP, TA, and public audit reports. The audit team also verified the store inventory of DTA. The team visited 60DR024 with DTA team on 25th November 2018 for sampling and to observe field conditions. After completion of the audit all financial vouchers and related documents up to June 2017 were sent to Nepalgunj Regional Office.

RTL field visit in Doti
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Nov, 2018

Krishna Saran Dhungana (RTL), Pranjal Gautam (GE) along with Rajendra Yadav (IoW) visited one of the nearby DRCN roads named Shantinager – Latagada – Dang – Tikhatar (70DR009) on 26th November 2018. The objective of this visit was to study the impact of RMGs work. Based on general observation, it was found out that the road has shown significant deterioration. The size of potholes has increased and as per locals the passengers are feeling uncomfortable because of the jolts due to surface damage. It is seen that RMG needs to continue the work as soon as possible to make the road pliable all weathers. Since the payment for RMGs is not done for the month of Shrawan and Bhadra 2075, RTL suggested GE and IoW to consult Dipayal - Silghadi Municipality regarding budget.  Dipayal – Silghadi Municipality issued a formal letter to all 4 groups to halt their work for some time until the funds from the province are sorted out.

Cabinet Approves MHLR Forest Clearance
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Nov, 2018

On Tuesday 20th November we were informed that the Nepal Cabinet had approved the Forest Clearance Application required for the construction of the Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR).  This now allows us to enter a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Forest that will define how the forest clearance works are to be managed.  This will include details of how the felled trees and the replanting programme is to be managed. 

The tree counting and referencing was completed in December 2017.  This counted trees with greater than 50cm girth and greater than 300cm from ground level.   The tree count showed that 972 trees in the Mugu / Rara Chayanath section and 13,767 trees in the Humla / Chankheli section will need to be cut down for the MHLR construction.

The total number of trees to be felled is 14,739.  These are to be replaced with new tree saplings at a ratio of 25 new trees for every 1 tree felled – which means that we will need to plant 368,475 new trees.  The Department of Forest defines the density of replanting at 1600 per hectare, which means a total area of 230 hectare of new forest will be planted.  The actual area of forest land to be cleared is 34 hectare, so this means an increase in forest area coverage of 196 hectare or 575%. 

Farewell to SLT and Jr. TS
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Nov, 2018

DTA Achham organized farewell programme for Senior Lab Technician Mr. Bal Bahadur Thapa and Junior Technical Supervisor Mr. Laxman Prasad Upadhaya. In line with the RAP3 exit strategy, the contracts of both of them will end on 30th Nov 2018. Mr. Bal Bahadur has contributed to RAP3 district team for the last 2 years. Similarly, Mr. Laxman joined RAP3 as CTEVT intern and was promoted to Jr. TS with a total working period of two and half years. We would like to thank them and all those leaving RAP at the end of November for their efforts in making RAP3 a success and we wish them all the best for their future endeavors.

Vandal Proof Road Traffic Signs
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Nov, 2018

RAP3 has started installing road traffic signs on its new-construction roads at locations identified by the formal Road Safety Audit. These have targeted a departure from the normal rural provision of non-standard, hand-painted, non-reflectorized signs to those complying with Department of Roads standards for night-time use.

After significant research, domestically produced signs as typically used in Kathmandu were procured which use reflectorized white backing. Unfortunately young rural children seemed far more intent on mischief than those in the capital with the result that they peeled off many of the black legends. In response RAP3 has pioneered a ‘vandal-proof’ variant to the signs whereby the legend is applied on to the reflectorized backing using a stencil with black enamel paint. Longer term, RAP3 engineers are continuing to work with domestic suppliers to explore other solutions with a view to continually improving the standard of available signs manufactured in Nepal.

New Tractor Arrives in Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Nov, 2018

RAP3 MHLR Mugu has recently purchased a tractor with trailer which recently arrived at Gamgadhi, Mugu. The tractor will be mobilized to the work sites as soon as the selected driver arrives in Gamgadhi. MHLR has already purchased a tractor before which is being successfully used in the working sites. These 2 tractors will be used to carry the fuel to run 5 excavators as well as for helping carry tools and construction materials. These tractors will also be used for transporting materials, soil and rocks along the route to support mass balance of cut / fill areas, improving the management of construction spoil to minimize environmental impacts. The tractor also forms a part of the EBRW pilot itself, which will include performance analysis, training and development of best practice guidelines for using tractors to support environmentally sound road construction works.