18 October 2016: Rare documents related to history of Nepal and its now-defunct institution of monarchy have mysteriously gone missing eight years since they were left in care of the Government of Nepal, a media report claimed today.
The erstwhile royal palace had officially handed over these documents to Girija Prasad Government in 2008 after the then Constituent Assembly gave Gyanendra Shah fifteen days to vacate the former Narayanhiti Palace.
“The government has no record of what these documents were or where and in what condition they currently are,” Annapurna Post said today citing “high level and responsible officials”.
Some of these documents were apparently so rare that they date back to the reign of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the first king of unified Nepal. The documents handed over to the government range from photographs during royal visits to foreign countries to royal decrees and correspondence to laptops and computers used by the palace secretariat, the report said.
An unidentified former employee of the palace told the Kathmandu-based daily that palace officials in fact urged the home minister at the time, Krishna Prasad Sitoula, to preserve the documents right within the premises of the Narayanhiti Place because they were “national treasure” but he reportedly declined. As a result, truckloads of documents haphazardly left the former palace to unknown destinations.
Palace officials had hastily and formally surrendered these documents to a committee formed by the Government of Nepal as “a historic and institutional memory”, the daily said. This was done immediately after the Himalayan nation was declared a republic. Now, most of these documents have either gone missing or are in disarray, Post report deplored.
Fortunately though, the crown made of peacock feathers, yak hair and jewels which is locally known as the “Sripech” as well as the royal scepter are safe as they are being guarded by Nepal Army, at Narayanhiti itself.
Nepal recently had another issue with records-keeping.
The Prime Minister’s Office created a national farce by recently informing the country’s Supreme Court that the minutes that effected the appointment of the chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority “were lost in the (April 2015) earthquake”. However, a Kathmandu Post report later quoted a source privy to the appointment of the controversial Lok Man Singh Karki who said such important documents were impossible to be lost as copies are made available to multiple high offices.