Municipality accused of obstructing distribution of health supplies – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper
RAUTAHAT, MAY 30
Today, the municipality of Ishanath has prevented the distribution of health materials to the community affected by COVID in Rautahat.
Social activist Anju Jha told a press meeting in the hall of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists of the Rautahat Chapter today that the municipality protested the distribution of face masks and hand sanitizers, among others. health equipment, to protect people from coronavirus in rural areas. She called the municipality’s attitude inhumane and shameful. Jha said it was actually the municipality’s responsibility to distribute health supplies to the poor and helpless during this time of the COVID pandemic. “But the municipality objected when I personally distributed the health materials to the poor and helpless in the rural areas of the municipality.”
Jha complained that the Mayor of Ishanath Municipality, Santosh Meheta, and his younger brother Mohan Meheta were envious of his social work.
Jha runs a Mandabi non-governmental organization with permission from the local government.
She has been working among the locals for two years. She complained that the Meheta duo did not support her work in the municipality. “They are afraid that I will fight against them in the next election,” she said.
According to Jha, the municipality had abused its notepad and sent a letter to the district administration office, the welfare board and donor agencies saying that Mandabi was not coordinating with the municipality.
“I was forced to organize this press meeting because various cases were filed against me while helping the population.”
Jha said the municipality did not allow Mandabi to investigate the development budget and withheld the information.
“Why is the municipality afraid of a woman?” she asked.
She said she had organized a press meeting to inform about the reality.
A version of this article appears in the May 31, 2021 print of The Himalayan Times.