Functions, duties and powers of chiefs of local levels determined

Kathmandu, June 1

The Local Levels’ Service Operation and Management Order, 2017 issued by the Cabinet has determined the functions, duties and powers of chief of rural municipality or municipality to carry out daily business in line with the federal set-up.

The chief of rural municipality or municipality shall have 35 functions, duties and powers in addition to others provided in the existing laws.

Key functions, duties and powers include calling meetings of the assembly and executive body, tabling agenda in the meeting, assigning reponsibilities to deputy chief or members, overseeing fixed and moveable assets of the local level, concluding performance contract with concerned authorities, coordinating with other local levels, provinces and federal government, preparing monthly progress report, monitoring activities of national and international non-governmental organisations, preparing budget and determining price of construction materials, among other things.

Similarly, deputy chief of rural municipality or municipality shall act as a coordinator of judicial committee besides working in the capacity of acting chief in the absence of chief. According to the order, ward chairperson shall prepare budget and plan of the concerned ward, collect and maintain data of households, maintain records of public property, conduct child and environment-friendly programmes, carry out market monitoring and ensure smooth supply of essential goods and services, initiate action against any one who builds house without obtaining permission of the local level, and prepare monthly progress report.

The ward chief shall also issue letter of recommendation and certify various documents related to personal incidents, land, house, citizenship, reconciliation and relationship both in Nepali and English. “Ward members shall carry out functions, duties and responsibilities as assigned by ward chief,” read the Order.

Likewise, executive officer of rural municipality and municipality shall perform their duties subject to the supervision and directives of the chief of the local level. He/she shall act as a chief administrative officer of the local level besides formulating and implementing annual budget and programme. “He/she shall maintain record of all income and expenditure, and protect, update and maintain records of fixed and moveable assets of the local level,” it read.