This article was originally published by Republica.
Quake victims, who lost their homes, properties and relatives in the earthquake last year, have expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of reconstruction process.

As per a survey among quake-hit communities, majority of respondents said they were unhappy with the sluggish pace of the reconstruction process and blamed the government of having unclear plans.

The survey, which was conducted among 795 communities in the 14 worst quake-hit districts, showed that 54 percent of the victims expressed dissatisfaction over the delayed in reconstruction process.

The study also shows that 81 percent of the people in the areas felt that their main reconstruction issues were not being addressed well or at all.

Sixty-nine percent of victims said they expected receiving some kind of support for reconstruction. However, only 38 percent said that they understood the process of getting the support.

Moreover, 40 percent of respondents said that aid was provided unfairly. Of those who believed the relief was being provided unjustly, most thought the distribution was taking place on the first-come-first-serve basis or based on political connections or caste system or distance from the main road.

“While the government and donors have done a better job at addressing immediate post-earthquake recovery needs, they must improve efforts to engage citizens in dealing with longer-term reconstruction issues,” Narayan Adhikari, country representative for Accountability Lab Nepal, the organization that led the survey, said.