The Peace Secretariat which was set up to restart the peace process is looking for a new role now. The Secretariat was supposed to support the High-level Peace Committee (HPC) and its Consultation and Cooperation Sub-committee, but was left with no work after both committees were dissolved following the 1 February royal move. "You can't expect the desired results as only the secretariat exists now," said secretary Bidhyadhar Mallik, "nonetheless, it's active internally."
The HPC headed by Sher Bahadur Deuba was made up of the chiefs of four political parties sharing the cabinet and a member of the cabinet while the Consultation and Cooperation Sub-committee was made up of senior members of the cabinet and leaders from different political parties. The government then had assigned the Secretariat to hold peace talks and cooperate with the government in implementing the outcome of the peace talks and institutionalising the peace process. Collection, study and analysis of materials related to conflict management, formulation of peace talks action plan, working for effective implementation of government decisions in connection with the peace process and maintaining communication and relations with foreign agencies to drive the peace process were its responsibilities.
Mallik says the Secretariat is still collecting data on damaged and demolished development infrastructures due to the conflict. "The concerned ministries have been asked to furnish details of the damage," he added, "in addition to which, we have begun developing the Secretariat as a documentation centre for conflict management and peace." The Secretariat has a workforce of 21 staff.