Suggestions have been made for keeping only 15 ministries in the centre in line with the federal structure. It has been proposed to reduce the number of ministries from 31 at present to 15.
Spokesperson at the Ministry of General Administration, Shivahari Neupane, said there will be 15 ministries of the federal government after adjusting the existing ministries as per the federal setup of the country.
The number of ministries is to reduce by half the existing number with the high-powered Federal Administrative Restructuring Committee chaired by the Minister for General Administration Tek Bahadur Basnet preparing its draft report proposing 15 ministries in the centre and seven in the province level.
Spokesperson Neupane said although the original draft report of the committee had proposed having 18 ministries in the centre, the number was decreased to 15 as per the directives of the State Affairs Committee.
Neupane said the draft report of the committee would be tabled in the Council of Ministers' meeting.
Likewise, the committee has fixed the temporary capitals of the provinces on the basis of the availability of the physical infrastructures, historical importance, security condition and the criteria required for geographical centre.
Accordingly, Biratnagar or Dhankuta or Itahari have been named the capital of Province 1; Janakpur of Province 2; Banepa or Dhulikhel or Kathmandu or Hetauda of Province 3; Pokhara of Province 4; Dang or Butwal of Province 5; Surkhet of Province 6; and Dipayal or Dhangadhi of Province 7.
These capitals would be provisional and the Province Assembly of the respective provinces will decide on their permanent capital, it is stated.