May 15 , 2016
A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by its General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama on Friday paid a courtesy call on Assistance Minister for Local Development and Federal Affairs Resham Lama.
Speaking in the meeting, TAAN Executive Member Pemba Sherpa 'Sangam', who also heads Sustainable Tourism & Development of TAAN, urged Assistant Minister Lama to allocate budget for promoting organic farming through DDCs. "We are on a mission to promote organic agro tourism in the country. To begin with, we are starting the campaign in major trekking routes in the country," Sherpa said, adding: "The government should introduce the plan through DDCs. TAAN is ready to implement the plan and work for infrastructure development."
During the meeting, General Secretary Lama said the government should allocate needful budget to three pillars of economy – agriculture, tourism and hydrpower. He also informed Minister Lama about TAAN's plan of build a tourism memorial park in Timal area of Kavre district and solicited the support of Ministry of Local Development and Federal Affairs to implement the plan. "As the park is being built on the Great Buddhist Master Trail, we are hopeful that it will become an important tourism product in the country," he said. He also requested Assistant Minister Lama to take necessary initiative for making spending of tourism budget through District Development Committees (DDCs) more effective.
"Instead of allocating budget for petty projects, we request the government to spend the budget for meaningful projects," he added.
Responding to TAAN, Assistant Minister Lama said he has directed ministry officials to make tourism spending through DDCs more effective. Commenting on the proposed tourism memorial park, he said: "The government is always positive toward initiative taken by the private sector." He also urged TAAN to submit detailed proposal to the ministry.
TAAN Executive Member Sarita Lama and TAAN staffers Bishnu Bhattarai and Prakash Khadka were also in the delegation.