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Management of Narayanhiti Palace Museum

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Kathmandu: To protect and promote the museum and oversee its management and operation, the government has issued the ‘Narayanhiti Palace Museum and Republic Memorial Management and Operation Development Board (Formation) Order-2019.’

According to the order, the Narayanhiti Palace Museum and the Republic Memorial Management and Operation Board will be chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Other officials included representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Department of Archaeology and executive director of the board.

The functions and duties of the Board are to develop the museum and monument as the historical and cultural heritage of the nation. Their patronage and promotion, fixing the entrance fee for the general public, to showcase objects of archaeological and cultural significance on display for the public and coordinate with the local level.

The order also stipulates the provision of an executive director to act as an administrative chief of the museum and the monument. The government will appoint the Executive Director through open competition by inviting applications of qualified candidates.

Persons eligible to be appointed as the executive director shall be Nepali citizens having attained 35 years of age and completed master’s degree in political science, arts, culture, museum or archaeology, with at least 10 years of experience in the concerned field”- read the order.

Any person who is not a Nepalese citizen is not eligible to be appointed as an Executive Director convicted of moral immunity and blacklisted under the law or obtained permanent residency abroad. The executive director’s term will be four years and he or she may be reappointed. If the executive director is found to be involved in inappropriate and immoral activities, the government can remove him or her at anytime.

The day after the 30 days of appointment, the executive shall have a performance agreement with the chairman of the committee.

The order has also specified the functions, duties, and powers of the executive director in relation to the management and operation of the museum and the monument. This enables the board to hire drivers, gardeners, office assistants and security guards as needed. The board is required to submit an annual report to the MoCTCA within three months of the completion of each financial year.

Source: THT