Stakeholders of Nepali trekking industry have suggested that the executive committee of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) settle their internal disputes on their own.
At a face-to-face program organized by Journalists’ Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal) on Monday, they said that instead of bringing the dispute to media all concerned should work toward finding amicable solution to the issue.
Speaking at the program, TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal said problem arose after executive committee split into two groups. Pointing at Treasurer Lila Baldab Dahal ‘Kaka’, Rijal said many programs and activities of TAAN has been affected as the treasurer is not signing any checks to arrange funds for those programs endorsed by majority by the executive committee. “It is because of this that the executive committee sought written explanation from the treasurer,” he added.
Refuting Rijal’s allegation, Treasurer Dahal said he has not signed checks to prevent the executive committee from doling out funds. “I have not blocked any programs and activities of TAAN,” he said, adding that most of the office-bearers and executive members have ganged up against him. “I am working as per the TAAN statute and will continue to do so in the coming days as well.”
TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama alleged that TAAN is losing its vibrancy because of Dahal’s attitude. “The treasurer has been skipping important meetings and not picking up calls. How can an organization work this way?” he wondered.
TAAN Former President Jyoti Adhikari suggested the executive committee to find solution to the disputes within TAAN. Similarly, another former president, Deepak Mahat, said the executive committee should not gang up against the treasurer just because they have majority. He also requested all not point fingers at staffers for everything.
Similarly, Immediate Past president, Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, maintained that there was no financial irregularity in TAAN during his term. He also urged the executive committee to resolve dispute and work for development of adventure tourism in the country.
TAAN office-bearers and executive committee members, former presidents and general secretaries of TAAN, media persons, among others were present in the discussion.