King Gyanendra should dutifully disclose the details of his personal and royal palace properties and proudly pay the tax.
Now that the House of Representatives has declared itself a sovereign and supreme body and people have joyfully welcomed the Proclamation, its time to implement those decisions without any delay. We have seen people at government office renaming HMG to Nepal Government. But there are some more important issues to be dealt with. The Parliament Proclamation says that the king will have to pay tax just like other 23 million citizens of Nepal. Now king Gyanendra should dutifully disclose the details of his properties.
Government of Nepal should bring out a white paper detailing the properties of the royal palace and that of the king. We, the sovereign Nepali people, need to know how much property the king owns and how much belongs to the palace (which is a public institution, not a private property of a king). Properties of the king and the palace are different thing and that should be made clear to Nepali people. We all know he was (and probably is) involved in different business activities. Accounts of those businesses should also be publicized. We need to know what happened with the property of king Birendra and his family. That should be nationalized. It would be even better if the Narayanhitti royal palace is turned into a national museum. Nirmal Niwas could be used as the resident for Gyanendra. We don’t need a big palace in a small country like Nepal. There will be no administrative work for palace anymore. So, occupying a big building is not a good idea. This process shouldn’t be delayed.
The Parliamentary Proclamation didn’t speak about the title of Shree Panch but the cabinet should decide on that this week. No one more other than the king (and may be the crown prince) would be allowed to hold the title until the election of constituent assembly. People will decide the fate of monarchy on that election. If they choose to turn the king into a citizen, that should be accepted.
The proclamation also says that the parliament will decide on the benefits and budgets of the king. That should be decided as per the average household expenditure of Nepali people. The king shouldn’t get more than that.
The five-hundred member Royal Palace Service must be reduced drastically.-Wagle