Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Apr, 2019

Program: Bikash ko Bato

 Episode: 37                                        Broadcast: 28, 29 and 30 April 2019

 Issue: Services and Facilities of Local Representatives

 Local representatives have been provided rights to formulate law and implement different powers for development of the local level. They also play vital role to build an efficient, effective and accountable government at the local levels. They are also provided with different services and facilities for their contribution at local level. This week Bikash ko Bato will discuss about the different services and facilities provided and used by local representatives of our local government.

RAP3 Supports with Guidelines for Provincial and Municipal Transport Master Plan
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Apr, 2019

A senior team of management and engineering officials met with the DoLI Technical Committee and Director General on 24th April to present progress in their support and development of updated systems for preparing transport master plans. New planning systems have become necessary to keep pace with new Federal government structures. The team updated achievements in completing a procedural Guideline for Provincial Transport Master Plans, now ready to move into full-scale testing in Karnali Province, and also a newly developed draft Municipal Transport Master Plan for local planning at Palika level. Both procedures will help support governments in identifying and prioritising road investments in a logical and transparent manner.

Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 19th Apr, 2019

Episode: 36                             Broadcast: 21, 22 and 23 April 2019

Issue: Salary of local representatives.

In this episode, Bikash ko Bato will discuss about the salary of local representatives at the local levels. The program will discuss what is the source and provision of salary of  local representatives.  The local representatives get the salary from the tax amount paid by the locals so they opine that tax should be utilized properly. The program also covers the reports from Mugu and Humla.

Replacement of Programme Coordinator (PC)
by: RAP 3      on: 19th Apr, 2019

Department of Local Infrastructure (DOLI)/MoFAGA has replaced the RAP3 PC Mr. Jeewan Guragain effective 11 April 2019. The new PC is Mr. Mahesh Chandra Neupane, a senior divisional engineer in the Department. Mr. Neupane assumed the position of coordinator of RTI SWAp in the then DOLIDAR and hence is well aware of the RAP3 activities and staff. He has already started to facilitate RAP3 activities. RAP3 anticipates a very close working relationship with Mr. Neupane.

TMO Helpdesk support to Sankhuwasabha
by: RAP 3      on: 17th Apr, 2019

As a part of TMO helpdesk support to RAP3 pilot districts, Assistant Engineer Janak Kharel visited Sankhuwasabha district from 7th - 14th Apr 2019 to support the Infrastructure Development Office (IDO), Sankhuwasabha in monitoring, supervision and payment of RMGs. 9 RMGs in 9 different DRCNs were contracted and mobilized from Magh 2075 (Mid-Jan 2019) by the IDO. Janak visited all the sites along with the technical person appointed by IDO for RAP RMGs supervision and provided on-the-job training to the technical person about work volume calculation, issuing work plan, monitoring and supervision of works and filling inspection forms. Also, The IDO was assisted to finalize the pending bills from the last three months and RMGs are expected to be paid within a few days. After the visit, it is expected that the IDO will run RMGs more effectively and smoothly in the coming days.

Monitoring visit of DFO to MHLR corridor
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Apr, 2019

Mugu Divisional Forest Officer, Mr Bharat Thapa visited Darkhe to Chankeli pass section on 4th April 2019 to monitor and observe the tree stamping work that falls under the Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR) corridor. A total of 800 trees have been stamped in which 273 were stamped from Chankheli National forest and 527 trees stamped in the Chankheli Community forest. In the joint monitoring visit, Chairperson of community forest, DFO ranger, and MHLR project field manager, Mr Bishnu Ram Bista participated and discussed the stamped trees to be felled and the management of this task. As per the EIA agreement on Mugu side, 972 trees are to be cut down and plantation to be done at a ratio of 25 new trees for every 1 tree felled within MHLR road corridor in Mugu section. RAP3 MHLR has mobilized 4 excavators and started tree clearance work from Darkhe section.

MHLR public audit successfully conducted in Luma and Rugha village
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Apr, 2019

RAP3 MHLR’s first public audit was conducted by Local Road User Committee (LRUC) Chairperson with support from the MHLR team in Luma and Rugha village on 3rd and 4th April 2019 respectively. The overall purpose of public audit was to discuss and give feedback between beneficiaries, stakeholders, and project team on the design, delivery, quality of service, verification of payment received by RBGs and expenditures made by LRUC in different headings of the programme. In addition, the MHLR team also raised awareness among the beneficiaries about the essence of ensuring transparency in all activities and the importance of disseminating information and notices to the group in time. This meeting was also useful to increase the sense of ownership amongst beneficiaries and stakeholders. The participants were given sufficient time to raise any issues, misunderstandings, concerns, and queries they might have and the MHLR field project manager and site manager helped to clear up all the issues and queries raised during the meeting. The public audit meeting with all the beneficiaries and stakeholders helped to understand, analyse, and improve the social and ethical approach of the programme.

Local Swimmer: An Alternative Means of Transportation
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Apr, 2019

Transportation of heavy goods and crossing of Mugu Karnali River during monsoon season is impossible. Due to heavy snow fall this year, the river is significantly higher than this time last year and has already become very difficult to cross by tractor. The MHLR team had used the excavators to build up a crossing and tractors had been passing the river with construction materials for few days but this did not last as long as expected due to the fast raging river. Faced with the challenge of getting the project goods and materials across, the MHLR team employed the services of a local swimmer to cross all the fuel barrels and hill tanks with the help of around 150 metres long nylon rope. The swimmer swam all 75 fuel barrels and 7 hill tanks across the river by securing the container carefully with the running end of the bridge rope.  He took 3-4 minutes to cross each fuel barrel at a time. We are thankful to the local swimmer who is very familiar with Mugu Karnali River for helping us with transportation.

Capacity building of local people through jobs and opportunities
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Apr, 2019

As part of the capacity building of local people, RAP3 MHLR is hiring interns for the position of Junior Social Mobiliser, Local Technical Supervisor, and Junior store Keeper to be based in the district project office, Mugu.  Local candidates were encouraged to apply for the job positions and 14 applications from Ruga, Luma and Bama were received from which one competent candidate will be recruited for each position. The shortlisted candidates were invited for a written test on 8th April 2019 at three different locations: Malika School Ruga, Himodaya School Bama and Prakash School Luma. The result of written test was published on 9th April 2019 and the job interview was also scheduled on the same day.  Successful candidates will join our RAP3 MHLR team soon.

Support to DoLI
by: RAP 3      on: 15th Apr, 2019

With Federalization well underway, the Government of Nepal made a policy that “All roads connecting the Municipality/Rural Municipality center to Strategic Road Network (SRN) should be blacktopped”. In view of that policy and as RAP3’s support to DoLI, GIS based calculation of road lengths are being calculated. Provinces 1, 3, 5 and Gandaki have been completed till 12th April, 2019. An example prepared by DoLI can be seen on the map.