Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development
Realizing the boon ensured by planned development approach in Western and most of the South Asian countries, Nepal adopted this strategy since mid-fifties of the twentieth century. In the line of creating various institutional mechanisms for initiating and facilitating developmental activities, Department of Local Development was created under the then Home & Panchayat Ministry in 1971. It was later upgraded as the Ministry of Local Development in 1980. It underwent some so-called (only in its nomenclature) and structural changes along with the change in political- economic ambiance. Finally in 1990, it was renamed as Ministry of Local Development from the then Ministry of Panchayat and Local Development which was named in 1981. The ministry since then has been inheriting the present organization structure and assuming the role of expediting local development and decentralization.