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Since the king's February First move, palace officials have become more involved in state affairs. Three palace secretaries, chief secretary Pasupati Bhakta Maharjan, information secretary Yogeswar Karki and private secretary Sagar Timilsina, supervise numerous ministries. It is understood that Maharjan will now handle the foreign ministry, which had been under the control of the palace's information secretariat. He will also be responsible for the affairs of the home ministry, previously handled by the military secretariat. Even the responsibilities of the education ministry have been transferred to Maharjan's office, along with responsibility for finance, law and justice, population and environment and local development ministries, National Planning Commission, Civil Service Commission, Election Commission, Ministry of General Administration, Supreme Court, Ministry of Law and Justice, RCCC, RONAST and the KMTNC. Even the forest ministry run by Badri Mandal will now be under Maharjan's watch. The ministry of water resources will be transferred from the chief secretariat to Yogeswar Karki's information secretariat. The private secretariat led by Sagar Timilsina will be responsible for running various other ministries related to women, labour, tourism, industry and land reforms. Palace sources say that staffs in those secretariats, who are already overburdened, are being given more responsibilities and asked to become more involved.


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