Alert Donors: Be Transparent!

Development of a kind of unseen understanding between the corrupt leaders of Nepal and the donor agencies, not to disclose the mentioned queries at this juncture will not only disrepute the donor agencies but will also drag their  status to the level of present day corrupt leaders of Nepal.

You all are aware how much of the money do reach to the victim and how much do reach the pockets of corrupt politicians and how much is returned back to the donating organizations/nations etc.

By Kalyan Dev Bhattarai

Kalyan BhattaraiTo
All donor agencies
Subject –Request for Transparency on your donation

Dear Donor friends,

Indeed we Nepalese people are indebted to you donor countries, INGOs, international organizations, Charitable organization, etc. for your gesture of goodwill and sympathetic attitude towards the victims of Nepal EQ of 25th April 2015.

I as a citizen of Nepal must accept we are presented wrongly as beggar, poor, underdeveloped, undernourished and incompetent, by the corrupt rulers  even though neither we are poor, incompetent nor beggar and  undernourished as presented to the international community by the corrupt rulers of the country to fill their pockets.

Yes Nepal can be considered as underdeveloped based on the criteria set by the developed nations for so called “development” but it is my right, as a conscious citizen, to ask for redefinition of the term development which is appropriate in the environment of Nepal considering its geographical as well as social variation. And I am advocating for the redefinition of the term development since last 30 years.

Development on itself has no basic “must” requirements. It is a multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary nature and is a process of enlarging people’s choices which is infinite, in this context the index like HPI, GDI, GEM,  HDI etc. can be illusionary as the requirements like justice, peace, education, happiness, satisfaction etc. are not covered by these index.

The selection of parameters of development  indexes are neither  fixed nor mandatory, and is being modified as often as required to fulfill the whim of the developed nations without any consideration to the requirements of the underdeveloped nations like Nepal.

Undoubtedly this is a debatable issue. So, at this juncture when the Nepalese people are facing tons of miseries and being looted by rulers, traders, industry, politicians, educational institutions, health related organizations, and in addition to this, are being tortured by the nature also by repetitive EQ since 25th April 2015, I do accept this is not the right time to debate on development Index.

At present , when the country needs fund for the rehabilitation and reconstruction, it will be unwise to demand anything unattainable immediately as a precondition for the Relief fund from the donor agencies like you, will be too much.

However it will be equally insulting to the Nepalese people, to watch the Tamasa (drama) exhibited by the corrupt, power hungry politicians in the name of relief fund and keep mum on every wrong doing of the donor agencies simply because they are helping us in time of need.

In this context I demand the following from the donor agencies:

  1. What is the source of money that you donate to Nepal? The taxpayers money cannot be spent and misuse the way the donor funded money are used by the donor agency itself,
  1. What percentage of the money is spent for salary, perks and other facilities like use of helicopter where the vehicle can easily reach?
  1. Inform us the actual percentage of the money that reaches to the victims for whom it is said to be donated.
  1. How you decide on the modus operandi for the optimum utilization of the donated money?
  1. The extravagancethat is easily visible to any citizen suggest the proper bookkeeping of the donated money is not undertaken and we want as much transparency from the donor agencies as we demand from the government.

As a citizen of sovereign country which was never the colony of any empire and are known in the world community as honest, brave and hardworking, I  do not feel any hesitation to request you donor agencies to answer the above  mentioned queries and keep the following as covenants to save the people, whom you claim to help from the corruption of the rulers.

  1. Demand the deposit of all corrupt money in the PM relief fund from those who have looted it in the name of medical treatment,
  1. Demand forming a high power investigation commission to find the corruption of the leaders starting from 1990,
  1. Demand strong punishment to all corrupts,
  1. Demand confiscation of all the property of anybody that does not have a legitimate source. 

Dear donor agencies, it may look to some of you as odd time to ask for such queries and covenants, when the country is in desperate need of fund to restructure the damages of the EQ of 25th April 2015.

But Nepalese people are neither so dependent that they will tolerate the insult in the name of relief fund nor they will accept the daylight cheating in the name of donation to the victims of the EQ. 

Development of a kind of unseen understanding between the corrupt leaders of Nepal and the donor agencies, not to disclose the mentioned queries at this juncture will not only disrepute the donor agencies but will also drag their  status to the level of present day corrupt leaders of Nepal.

You all are aware how much of the money do reach to the victim and how much do reach the pockets of corrupt politicians and how much is returned back to the donating organizations/nations etc.

In this ground reality, I do not consider this will be too much to ask from the donor agencies taking into consideration their open commitment to curb corruption, and advocacy for transparency, I hope they will be honest enough to provide the mentioned information and keep the required covenants before committing their donation with the expectation that their commitment for transparency and anti corruption is not to fool the people.

Thanks for your cooperation and effort to keep your commitment for transparency and anticorruption as effective as required.

Yours truly
Kalyan dev Bhattarai
Senior citizen of EQ affected Nepal.

 

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