Mayor Shakya scolds volunteers for distributing ‘unclean meals’
Following extensive criticism from the public and backlash on social networks over Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s decision to bar volunteers from distributing free meals at Khula Manch, Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya on Wednesday arranged a press conference to clarify his stand on the problem. During the conference at the Town hall, Shakya, who has actually been […]
Following extensive criticism from the public and backlash on social networks over Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s decision to bar volunteers from distributing free meals at Khula Manch, Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya on Wednesday arranged a press conference to clarify his stand on the problem.
During the conference at the Town hall, Shakya, who has actually been criticised for his failure to consist of the spread of Covid-19 in the city, provided a long speech in which he berated the volunteers for serving unclean food haphazardly at Khula Manch. “Lots of are doing social work simply to reveal that they are feeding the bad and requesting contributions showing their photos abroad”– a claim the volunteers rubbish.
Shakya, who was likewise infected with Covid-19 however stayed in isolation at a five-star hotel with his household, stated the city has dispersed necessary to 150,000 households and fed 250,000 people throughout the lockdown. However the city doesn’t have information on where it fed the people
Ishwor Male Dangol, spokesperson for the city, said Rs85 million was invested in relief packages in the very first 3 months of nationwide lockdown that started from March 24
Numerous working class households that required to sustain themselves doing manual work stated they just didn’t get remedy for the city due to the fact that they didn’t have citizenship cards.
Kaila Tamang, who was at Khula Manch on Wednesday together with his better half and two kids to get a totally free meal, stated his household survived the lockdown thanks to the complimentary meals.
” I didn’t get any relief plan from the city due to the fact that they wanted to see my citizenship card,” stated Tamang, 65, a rickshaw driver now out of work.
Shakya said that there was no requirement to feed people in open areas as each of the 32 wards of the city were feeding people and providing jobs to those who do not have work. He added that offering totally free meals would make individuals depending on others.
Volunteers, who offer the complimentary meals, quashed Shakya’s claims that they were distributing food to get money from abroad “This is a baseless statement,” said Bablu Gupta, who created a Facebook group (“100 Group”) with other like-minded people and volunteer organisations to supply totally free meals to the clingy. The group has actually been feeding totally free meals to 700 people twice a day.
” We do not have any foreign donors. Seeing our work, people are willingly contributing food products. Some contribute rice, pulses and veggies on their birthday, others do that in the name of their deceased family members. We also get rice from store owners as a donation,” stated Gupta.
He said after extensive criticism, the city has actually backtracked on its decision to bar the distribution of free meals at Khula Manch. “It has offered us approval to distribute free meals until Tihar. We are now looking for a celebration palace to feed the clingy,” said Gupta.
Advocate Om Prakash Aryal said the city’s choice to bar volunteers from dispersing complimentary meals went against the people’s “right to life”.
” Since it’s not a regular circumstance, the state needs to have facilitated complimentary food for those facing cravings due to the Covid-9 pandemic. If a group provides food voluntarily, it needs to facilitate them, not stop them,” stated Aryal.
In addition to this, the state needs to likewise have cared for the dignity of those people, he stated. “Nobody likes to ask for food in an open area, they are doing so out of desperation,” stated Aryal.
But Shakya stated that as the city has been declared “beggar-free”, “Those who are hungry ought to call their ward agents.”
” We also have Manav Sewa Ashram for the homeless,” said Shakya.
Although the city saved over 300 homeless individuals from the street in December, numerous have currently went back to the streets complaining of an unconducive environment in the shelters.
Political expert Rajendra Maharjan stated the mayor’s choice to buy volunteers to stop distributing complimentary food is focused on covering his own weak points. “The mayor himself did nothing to avoid the spread of the illness, neither did he set up isolation wards,” stated Maharjan.
Shakya, who was chosen the city’s mayor in 2017, has actually been at the centre of numerous debates. 2 months earlier, he was criticised for going incommunicado when the city faced the pandemic. In 2015, he sent authorities to jail artists who painted flowers at the open theater as a part of the Occupy Tundikhel campaign.
He was also criticised for enabling Jaleshwor Swachhanda Bkoi Builders, the business assigned to construct the Kathmandu View tower, to construct 52 illegal structures at Khula Manch.