Decisions of NTB’s 192nd board meeting to be probed

NTBA committee has been formed to investigate into decisions taken by the 192nd executive meeting of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) held on July 18.

Tourism ministry sources say the 16-point decision taken by the meeting, which was chaired by the erstwhile tourism secretary Sushil Ghimire, puts liability of Rs 80 million on NTB. The decisions were taken a day before Ghimire retired from the post.

According to NTB statute, tourism secretary is the ex-officio chairman of NTB’s executive committee.

The executive committee meeting of NTB, chaired by new tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha, held on September 21 formed a four-member committee under Sudashan Dhakal, director general of Department of Immigration (DoI), to probe into the decisions and their justifications.

The 16-point decision taken by the 192nd executive committee of NTB, among others, allows acting CEO of NTB Subash Nirola to make payment for additional security personnel hired by him citing security threats and for advertisements published in different newspapers and media houses at the height of the protest launched against irregularities in NTB by Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC).

All three executive members from the private sector, who were present in the meeting, hadn´t signed the meeting minutes, sources say.

Most of the decisions of the 192nd meeting were taken as per the controversial Financial Bylaws 2070 that authorizes the CEO to spend huge amount of money on his own discretion.

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