Nepal to train 50,000 workers for reconstruction

July 15, 2015 10:42 am | Updated November 17, 2021 11:07 am IST - KATHMANDU

Volunteers remove debris at the historic Darahara tower, a city landmark, after an earthquake in Kathmandu. File photo

Volunteers remove debris at the historic Darahara tower, a city landmark, after an earthquake in Kathmandu. File photo

Earthquake-hit Nepal will train 50,000 workers to help carry out reconstruction, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said.

Delivering the annual budget on Tuesday, Mr. Mahat said the government will train tens of thousands of people to work as carpenters, plumbers, electricians and masons.

Mr. Mahat said the economy is likely to grow at 3 per cent this fiscal year, the lowest rate since 2007.

The government will spend $910 million this year to rebuild infrastructure, public buildings, monuments, and private homes destroyed by the earthquakes.

The earthquakes required a massive international rescue and relief operation, which Nepal called off in June to focus on helping victims and reconstruction.

But many Nepalis still living in refugee camps said they are yet to receive aid from the government.

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