People with vision disabilities struggle to open bank account in Nepal
Asia-Pacific, February 20 2017
NEPAL: People with vision disabilities in Dhankuta are facing hardships to open bank account to receive the social security allowances.
THe Nepal Rastra Bank rule stipulates that people with vision disabilities can only open a bank account in the presence of parents or beneficiaries. Niki Rai, a person with vision disability, of Khoku-3 said she could not open an account despite submitting all necessary documents at a bank. “The VDC office did not inform me to take parents while opening the bank account,” she said, adding that she had to travel a whole day to reach the district headquarters.
Ram Bahadur Rai, a person with vision disability, of Chhintang-7 and Ranju Rakak of Chhintang-6 also shared similar ordeals. They also complained that they did not know about the Rastra Bank regulations. Rajak said that the concerned authorities should have to inform them about the process earlier.
“People who are blind or have low vision are facing hardships due to the Rastra Bank’s rule,” she said.
Prakash Rai, public relations officer of Machhapuchhre Bank in Dhankuta, admitted that People with vision disabilities are facing difficulties as the concerned authorities could not provide the information on time.