Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) has postponed all its protest programs until further notice after Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Acharya agreed to include two representatives from the private sector in a probe team formed to look into irregularities at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
Minister Acharya has also asked private sector representatives two send two members in the taskforce which he is forming to make recommendations for restructuring of NTB.
A meeting of JTCC held on Monday morning took the decision.
The meeting also decided to send Ganesh Simkhada, former board member of NTB, and Deepak Mahat as representatives of the private sector in the probe team. Simkhada is from Nepal National Tourism Entrepreneurs’ Forum, while Mahat is the central coordinator of National Entrepreneurs Association for Tourism-Nepal (NEAT-Nepal)
JTCC has also decided to send its coordinator Ramesh Dhamala and Chandra Rijal, coordinator of Nepal Tourism Entrepreneurs’ Association in the taskforce for restructuring NTB to be formed by the tourism minister.
The meeting also decided to request Minister Acharya to take appropriate decision for not allowing Subash Nirola perform his responsibility at NTB until the probe team completes its investigation.
“If Subash Nirola entered NTB premises before the probe team completes its investigation, he will have to take responsibility for the consequences,” Simkhada told at a press meet in Kathmandu on Monday. “We haven’t withdrawn out demands, we have only postponed it to take the ongoing protest to a logical conclusion through talks.”
Saying that the postponed the ongoing protest as per the request of the tourism minister, Rajendra Sapkota, coordinator of CPN-UML Tourism Area Committee, said JTCC will launch strong protest if they were betrayed. He also said JTCC will make strong objection if any action is taken against NTB employees for supporting the protest.
Deepak Mahat of NEAT-Nepal said they were only changing the form of protest. “We are postponing our protest programs as per the request of the tourism minister,” he said, adding: “We are leaving NTB premises today, but we will continue to keep close vigil to prevent any untoward incidents by the miscreants.”
Representatives of three trade unions of tourism workers also spoke on the occasion. They said JTCC should launch strong protest if they are betrayed by the tourism minister.
Addressing the press meet, JTCC Coordinator Ramesh Dhamala said the tourism minister agreed to form a taskforce for restructuring of NTB as per the demand of tourism entrepreneurs. “We have already made our stand on Subash Niraula clear. He shouldn’t be allowed to perform his responsibility at NTB until the probe team submits its report,” he said, adding, “The minister should take appropriate decision in this direction.”