Yogesh Bhattarai appointed tourism minister

The government has appointed Yogesh Bhattarai as the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Bhattarai is a standing committee member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party and a lawmaker representing Taplejung district in eastern Nepal.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Bhattarai amid a function organized at the President’s Office at Shital Niwas on Wednesday afternoon.

With Bhattarai’s appointment, tourism ministry has finally got a new leader six months after the tragic death of the then minister Rabindra Adhikari in a chopper crash in Taplejung district.

Yogesh Bhattarai is regarded one of the most influential youth leaders in the ruling Nepal Communist Party. He has not taken any ministerial post or any other political appointments so far. So, there are many who feel that this stint as tourism minister will be his real test.

The new job, however, will not be a cakewalk for this promising young leader. Ailing Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), which has been failing to make proper use of the four newly-procured Airbus series aircraft, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) expansion works, and the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign will be his foremost challenges. Likewise, arranging new flight routes for the under-construction Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini and Pokhara Regional International Airport, as well as environmental issues surrounding the proposed second international airport in Nijgadh of Bara will be other challenges for the new minister.

The new job, however, will not be a cakewalk for this promising young leader. Ailing Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), which has been failing to make proper use of the four newly-procured Airbus series aircraft, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) expansion works, and the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign will be his foremost challenges. Likewise, arranging new flight routes for the under-construction Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini and Pokhara Regional International Airport, as well as environmental issues surrounding the proposed second international airport in Nijgadh of Bara will be other challenges for the new minister.

Also looking after culture portfolio, he will have to ensure that reconstruction of historical monuments is completed on time. Likewise, he will also have to focus on conservation of UNESCO World Heritage sites as UNESCO has already threatened to delist them if needful conservation measures are not take on time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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