Questions and Answers DocumentThe Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) compiled in this document have been submitted through partners and communities across the earthquake affected areas. Additional questions for inclusion can be shared via firstname.lastname@example.org or through the relevant HRRP District Coordination Team. The responses provided have been gathered from relevant Government of Nepal (GoN) bodies, and have been formally and informally sourced. The information provided is not official, but is correct at time of publication and will be regularly updated as required. The HRRP ‘Briefing P ack’ compiles many of the source documents referred to in the FAQs.
If the PO is unable to provide the additional 100,000 NPRs they can reduce the number of households they provide the grant to, in coordination with the GoN. In this case, the GoN will be responsible for providing the additional funds to the other households. In cases where POs have already made the first tranche payment to all their original number of households, but do not have funds to cover the additional 100,000 NPRs the GoN will cover the third tranche (Grant Disbursement Guidelines).
The housing reconstruction grant of 300,000 NPRs will be disbursed in three tranches; the first tranche of 50,000 NPRs is provided once the household has signed the partnership agreement with the GoN, the second tranche of 150,000 NPRs is provided after inspection and approval of construction to plinth level, and the third tranche of 100,000 NPRs is provided after inspection and approval of construction
to ring beam level. The tranches will be disbursed to the bank accounts of eligible households.
Two copies of passport size photos and original copy and photocopy of land ownership card and citizenship card. Local officials at the Rural / Urban Municipality will be able to provide information and support and households can enrol at the Rural / Urban Municipality.
The NRA recently announced tranche disbursement deadlines as follows:
- Grant agreement signed with local bodies within November 16
- First tranche must be disbursed by January 13, 2018
- Second tranche must be disbursed by April 13, 2018
- Third tranche must be disbursed by July 15, 2018
It is not clear if households who have received the first tranche but do not receive the second tranche by April 13, 2018 will face any penalties.
If the construction of the house and toilet meets the technical specifications as set out in the inspection manual and the Nepal National Building Code, then the household will be approved to receive the full third tranche.
If it is very difficult to get to the bank, the household head can nominate someone to represent them who can collect the money on their behalf. All households registered to receive the housing reconstruction grant must receive the tranches through a bank account.
The NRA NGO mobilisation guidelines include provision for Partner Organisations (POs) to provide additional support valued at up to 50,000 NPRs for remote households. You can contact the HRRP district coordination teams to request information on Partner Organisations (POs) working in your area.
A retrofitting grant will be made available to households whose homes were categorised as damage grade 2 (major repair) or grade 3 (minor repair) under the CBS damage assessment. To date, 24,991 households have been identified as eligible for this grant. The retrofitting manuals for masonry structures and for RCC structures, published by the NRA, guide the disbursement of the retrofitting grant. MoUD CL-PIU / DUDBC have also released retrofitting guidelines which provide technical guidance for designing and implementing retrofitting solutions and are available here.
Generally, it would be assumed that the level of damage at grade 4 or 5 would be too much for retrofit to be a possibility. This does however depend on the size, shape, materials, etc. of the building. A structural engineer must always be consulted when considering retrofit. Currently, the NRA policy (Revised Grants Disbursement Procedures for Private Houses, 2074 (2017) (Nepali) + Unofficial English Translation) states that households eligible for the reconstruction grant of 300,000 (which includes all houses categorised as damage grade 4 or 5) who retrofit their home instead will only be eligible to receive the 100,000 NPRs retrofit grant.
- The GoN housing grant was increased from 200,000 NPRs to 300,000 NPRs. Where POs have committed to provide the housing grant, who will provide the additional 100,000 NPRs?
- How will the GoN housing reconstruction grant be disbursed?
- What documents are required for enrolment in the GoN housing reconstruction programme?
- Will households that have received the first tranche of 50,000 NPRs but have not started reconstruction, or will not reconstruct at all, face any penalties?
- If the house has been completed to roof band level and the toilet is already constructed / repaired, can the household receive the full 100,000 NPRs as the third tranche?
- The nearest bank is 2-3 days walking distance from my village and this makes it very hard to collect the tranches, especially for elderly beneficiaries. Is there any way that this will be addressed?
- I live in a remote area and it is expensive to transport building materials here. Will there be any additional support available to households in remote areas for transportation of materials?
- Will the GoN provide a grant for retrofitting? If so, what grades of damage will the grant be applied to?
- How will retrofits be inspected?
- Can households retrofit a house categorised as damage grade 4 or 5?