September 06 , 2016
A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Monday met with Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Dvelopment Hitraj Pandey at the latter's office and held discussions on several issues related to federal affairs and local development.
TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal congratulated Minister Pandey on assuming the office of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development and presented him a letter of felicitation, bouquets and khadas.
Speaking at the program, TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama introduced TAAN and apprised Minister Pandey of the activities being carried out by the association.
In its memorandum submitted to Minister Pandey, TAAN said that local bodies should prepare a product profile, documenting tourism, natural and cultural attractions in their respective areas. "This would help us to promote tourism products and services available at the local level in the international market," Rijal said. He further said that the local bodies should be given funds to develop and promote tourism products and services.
Rijal also said TAAN was ready to work with the ministry for identification, development and promotion of tourism products and services in different parts of the country.
Responding to the delegation, Minister Pandey said that he would make sure that suggestions put forth by plan are addressed gradually in the ministry's annual plans. "Your suggestions have come at a time when we are busy restructuring village and town councils. I am hopeful that it will be a guiding principle for us," he added.
Minister Pandey also said his ministry would ensure that local and provincial governments get substantial funds for development and promotion of tourism products and services. "Construction of roads is cutting short trekking package. As most of our trails go along rivers, we should construct roads on one side of the river and trekking trails on the other side. This will be a win-win situation for all," he added.
TAAN 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung, Joint Treasurer Krishna Man Shrestha and Executive Members Sarita Lama, Devi Pandey, Wangchu Sherpa, Tara Nath Lamichhane 'Dinesh', and Pemba Sherpa 'Sangam' as well as CEO Tek Bahadur Mahat and Secretariat staffers Bishnu Bhattarai and Prakash Khadka were also in the delegation.