Kathmandu Metropolitan City has made it mandatory for any organisation/association established and operated inside its jurisdiction to be registered with the local government.

Such organisations/associations may be related to social, religious, literary, cultural, scientific, educational, intellectual, economic, professional, and charitable works.

According to the 'KMC Organisation/Association Registration and Regulation Act-2021' published in the local gazette last week, these provisions were made in line with the Local Government Operation Act-2017.

"No organisation/association shall be allowed to be established and operated inside the metropolis without its registration with KMC. Such an organisation/association shall submit an application to KMC for registration in a prescribed format," the registration and regulation act says.

The application is required to mention the name of organisation/association, it objectives, name/address and occupation of its members, financial source and other details in the application. The application shall also be accompanied by the recommendation letter of the concerned war, attested copy of citizenship certificates of proposed members, police clearance report and attested copy of statute of the organisation/association.

"Each organisation/association wishing to be registered with KMC shall have members no less than seven and no more than 15 as per need," it reads. If the application along with required documents and details are duly received, the chief administrative officer of the local government shall issue an organisation/association registration certificate within 15 days.

The organisation/association so registered shall be a corporate body with perpetual succession.

If any member or employee of the organisation/association misuses or embezzles the its property, the KMC shall initiate legal action against such person.

The act also requires the organisation/association to submit its audit report with statement of accounts to KMC each year. KMC may examine or check the audit report and statement of accounts through its own auditor as per necessity. "If any irregularities are found during examination of the audit report, KMC may charge a fine not exceeding three per cent of the total amount mentioned in the audit report," it says. Similarly, the organisation/association is required to be renewed every year.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 06, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.