People’s Caravan on Reconstruction and Recovery
People's Caravans were taken out by earthquake affected community in Dolakha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchok, Dhading and Gorkha districts. Around 400 people attended the event in each district. Local organisations working in the districts lead the process. Landless, people living in the Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps, community social organizations, media, and NGOs/INGOs took part in the caravan to pressurize the government, NRA to act on their demand for resettlement and land rights. The Peoples Caravan then converted into corner meets which were attended and addressed by representatives of government agencies, political parties and civil society organizations, among others. The Caravan urged the government to address the issues of the earthquake affected landless squatters and IDPs. Following the corner meets, people of earthquake affected community submitted their demands to local administration in the respective districts same day.
National People’s Conference on Reconstruction
The Caravan team from different districts joined caravan on Kathmandu on January 17, 2017 which concluded in Kathmandu through a national people’s conference on January. Around 500 affected people including representatives of civil society organisations, members of parliament of various political parties participated in the Caravan which started from (in front of) the Lalitpur Sub- metropolitan Office, Pulchowk, Lalitpur. Peoples Caravan went to different thoroughfares of the city before it converged into the People's Conference at Saugal Tole in Patan. The conference was addressed by CA members of various political parties, representatives of civil society organizations and earthquake survivors from nine districts. CA members expressed their commitment to address the problems and concerns of the earthquake affected people and to raise the issues in the parliament. The mass meet endorsed a 12-point Lalitpur Declaration which has raised various problems and issues of reconstruction and draws attention of the government authority to address them early. More than 30 civil society organizations extended their solidarity and the event was organized in cooperation with them.