June 20 , 2014
The Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) has ended all its protest programs saying that the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has finally addressed all their demands.
Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Thursday, Ramesh Dhamala, coordinator of JTCC, said the tourism entrepreneurs decided to withdraw all protest programs after the tourism ministry included representatives of the private sector in the committee to probe into irregularities in NTB and the other committee to suggest measures for restructuring of NTB.
“Similarly, tourism secretary Sushil Ghimire has written to NTB employees, asking them to operate daily acitivites as per the Article 11 (1) A of NTB Employees Regulations,” Dhamala said, adding, “This means Subash Nirola will not be able to assume office unless investigation into irregularities in NTB is over.”
As per the Article 11 (1) A of the NTB Employees Regulations, four directors will jointly take important decisions in NTB.
The tourism ministry has formed probe committee under the leadership of joint secretary Purna Chandra Bhattarai. It has also formed a committee to suggest measures for restructuring of NTB under joint secretary Mohan Krishna Sapkota.
Dhamala also said the restructuring committee will give valuable inputs to the tourism industry for establishing a welfare fund for tourism workers and for implementing ‘no trekking without guide/porter’ rule.