The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has asked the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to resolve disputes surrounding Nepal Tourism Board (NT) within three days or face consequences.
Issuing a press statement on Wednesday, the constitutional anti-graft body also criticized the inaction of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) – the parent ministry – even as NTB, which is supposed to serve foreign tourists, remains closed for nearly two months and its CEO has remained absent for more than a month. “The tourism ministry has remained a mute spectator even though NTB, which is supposed to serve foreign tourists, has remained closed for the past 52 days, its CEO has remained out of the office for more than a month and staffers are getting salary without doing any work,” the statement said.
Saying that it has taken the inaction of the tourism ministry in the issue with great seriousness, CIAA said it has written to tourism secretary to take appropriate measures for resolving the issue and create the environment for resuming daily activities of NTB within three days and inform it in written.
“If the problem is not resolved within three days, we will take action against officials of the tourism ministry, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and officials of other related organizations as per the CIAA Act 2048 BS,” the statement added.
Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC), a forum of different travel trade associations, has been launching different activities against financial irregularities in NTB allegedly perpetrated by its acting CEO Subash Niraula. Though the toruism ministry has formed a committee to probe into irregularities in NTB, NTB is yet to resume its normal activities.