Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC), which has been organizing series of protest against irregularities in Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), has launched new protest programs.
Ramesh Dhamala, coordinator of JTCC and president of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), announced the new protest program at a press meet on Sunday.
According to the new protest plan, JTCC will organize motorbike rally on Monday to raise awareness regarding its protest programs. Similarly on Tuesday, JTCC will organize car/jeep rally.
On Wednesday and Thursday the tourism entrepreneurs will join hand to celebrate International Sagarmatha Day, TAAN Day and Republic Day.
On Friday and Saturday, they plan to assemble at all four gates of CA Building in New Baneshwar and apprise all lawmakers of their demands. They will also request the lawmakers to raise their demands in the meeting of the parliament.
If the demands are not addressed by then, the tourism entrepreneurs plan to take out a rally along with tourist buses, cars, jeeps and vans, and organize sit-in protest outside the CA Building.
Along with the new protest programs, JTCC will give continuity to the ongoing relay hunger strike in NTB premises.
Speaking at the program, JTCC Coordinator Ramesh Dhamala said the government left them with no option but to come to the street. “Still, we won’t involve in violent activities. We believe that we can press the authorities concerned to address our demands without resorting to violence,” he added.
Similarly, Deepak Mahat of National Entrepreneurs’ Association for Tourism-Nepal (NEAT-Nepal) called upon all tourism entrepreneurs to unite and fight for a common cause. “Some people are trying to bring rift among us, we should be careful about them,” he added.
Ganesh Simkhada of Tourism Sector Committee of UCPN (Maoist), Rajendra Sapkota of Tourism Sector Committee of CPN-UML also spoke on the occasion.
JTCC has been organizing different protest programs against irregularities in NTB for the past 26 days. Among others, it has demanded removal of Subash Nirola from the post of acting CEO of NTB to pave the way for early appointment of new CEO, independent audit of expenditures made by NTB over the past five years, and institutional representation of private sector in the board of NTB.