ILO supported SNRTP Project organizes Annual Progress Review and Planning Workshop

The International Labour Organization (ILO) supported Strengthening National Rural Transport Programme (SNRTP) organized its annual progress review and planning workshop for its 36 working districts.

Press release | Kathmandu, Nepal | 07 August 2017
The International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DoLIDAR), and financially supported by the World Bank organized the annual review and reflection meetings of the Strengthening National Rural Transport Programme (SNRTP) from 30-31 July in Pokhara for the Western Cluster, and 2-3 August in Simara for the Eastern Cluster.

Group Photo in Simara

The review and planning workshop for the Eastern Cluster took place in Simara and was chaired by Mr Jeevan Kumar Shrestha, Director General of the DoLIDAR. The workshop for the Western Cluster took place in Pokhara and was chaired by Mr Kumar Thapa, District Programme Coordinator, SNRTP. In addition to the chairs, the workshops had participation from notable dignitaries including Mr Ram Krishna Sapkota, Joint Secretary, Infrastructure Development Division (IDD), Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD); Mr Raju Shrestha, Chief of Project Management Unit (PMU), East; Mr Narayan Upadhayay, Under Secretary Accounts; Mr Krishna Bahadur Katwal, Senior Divisional Engineer, DoLIDAR; Mr Shankar Pandit, Chief of Project Management Unit (PMU), West; and Mr Richard Howard, Director of the ILO.

Mr Jeevan Kumar Shrestha, congratulating the SNRTP for its work, emphasized the need to cultivate a maintenance culture for improving transport connectivity in Nepal. In addition to this, Mr Ram Krishna Sapkota observed that the SNRTP is an innovative project that has the potential to influence people’s livelihoods— he therefore urged that the collective efforts of all District Technical Offices (DTOs) and SNRTP team contribute to the success of the project and improvement of the rural roads condition in Nepal. Mr Kumar Thapa elaborated on the good work done by SNRTP for improving the rural road conditions, as well as in providing livelihood opportunities to the most marginalized communities by providing decent employment in Nepal.

At the event, Director of the ILO, Mr Richard Howard, shared that decent work and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is core to ILO’s work. He highlighted how the SNRTP project is contributing towards Nepal’s efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mr. Ram Hari Sharma, from the World Bank, also emphasized the need to focus on OSH in Nepal.

Group Photo in Pokhara
The workshops were organized with the main objective of reviewing the annual progress of the last fiscal year as well as to design an appropriate future plan for the this fiscal year. It served to be a learning-sharing platform where participants shared stories of how the SNRTP project has been contributing towards achieving empowerment of the marginalized groups by giving them livelihood opportunities. The workshops were facilitated by Mr Shailendra Kumar Jha, National Project Coordinator (NPC), Mr Raju Shrestha, Senior Rural Road Maintenance Engineer (SRRME), West and Mr Arun Kumar Yadav, Senior Rural Road Maintenance Engineer (SRRME), East, ILO SNRTP.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Shailendra Kumar Jha
National Programme Coordinator
ILO Country Office for Nepal
Nayabato, Dhobighat, Lalitpur
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: +977 1 5555 777, 5550691
Fax: +977 1 5550 714
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