The structure, feel, and navigation of Nepali government websites will be very similar to each other. The Gazette has published the Directive on the Development and Management of Official Websites of Government Offices, 2078 BS, which was adopted in December. This list contains the specifications that websites will be required to adhere to.
The new directive comes as a result of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT) exercising the rights granted by the Governance (Management and Operation) Act 2064. Government offices will now be required to ensure that the specifications outlined in the most recent directive are followed on their respective websites.
The directive will provide uniformity to website design, which will make it easier for visitors to navigate through them. They will have easy-to-use navigation, content organised by category, and the ability to print documents quickly. Websites with a similar appearance indicate that they will be simple to maintain and that their protection will comply with the same directive.
Additionally, in addition to website maintenance, there is a provision for each government website to undergo a security examination. Websites must also adhere to strict privacy policies, which must be validated by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT) on an annual basis.
Every governmental office will now be required to have a web administrator who will be in charge of updating and upgrading the office’s website. The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) shall reserve the right to monitor whether government offices have maintained their web pages in accordance with the regulation.
The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT) will first develop a template that will be followed by every government office in developing their websites. The regulation covers a variety of topics, including user-friendly navigation, classification of contents, printable content, and content accessibility.
Similarly, websites must have a low bandwidth option that will allow them to load more quickly, and they must open with the right layout on tabs, cellphones, and laptops, among other devices.
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