KATHMANDU: Mass media played an important role in the post-quake reconstruction in Nepal, which has seen about 90% progress in the six-year period of reconstruction.
It was emphasised by experts during a conference organised to transfer the experience and learning gained during the post-earthquake reconstruction to the international community.
During a session on ‘Role of media in the reconstruction’ on the second day of the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction (ICNR) 2021 on Thursday, speakers said that the media has helped in making the post-earthquake reconstruction successful by highlighting the critical issues. The conference was hosted by the National Reconstruction Authority.
Speaking on the occasion, former secretary and member of the NRA Board of Directors Kishore Thapa said that mass media was critical and helped guide the reconstruction work on the right path. Despite this, he said, it was not possible to spread the message that houses can be built from materials like traditional stone and clay. Former Secretary Thapa said that the media should still follow the rehabilitation programme after the reconstruction.
President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Bipul Pokharel, said that the news of constitution drafting and post-earthquake reconstruction came together in the media, which helped in speeding up the earthquake-damaged structures including private houses.
Likewise, Press Registrar of Bagmati Pradesh Rewati Prasad Sapkota emphasised investment in institutional capacity building of the media personnel.
Communications expert for the NRA Kosmos Bishwakarma said news stories about the post-quake reconstruction are still worthy to report about.
At the session attended by journalists from various media outlets, NRA joint-spokesperson Manohar Ghimire presented a working paper on media reports during the six-year reconstruction period.
Similar sessions were organised in 20 different themes including private housing, health institution, school, government building, infrastructure, cultural property etc.