Parliament committee’s directives regarding tourism-related projects

Kathmandu, Jan 5: The Legislature-Parliament, International Relations and Labour Committee has directed the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture to make arrangements for running tourism-related plans with a budget of less than Rs 6 million through the Tourism Office and under the consumer committee.

A meeting of the Committee on Tuesday however directed the Department of Tourism to directly operate tourism promotion related big projects of strategic importance.

Committee president Prabhu Saha said the committee also took a decision that projects that cannot be undertaken through consumer committees could be done by other means as well.

Likewise, the meeting has issued directives to stop the manipulation by the Tourism Promotion Committee on projects operated through the Tourism Office and running the projects that are not feasible to be implemented by the Tourism Office through the District Development Committee.

It has issued directives to the ministries concerned and the Ministry of Finance to select the projects recommended by the District Council in a transparent manner and keeping the same in priority.

The Committee also directed the Ministry concerned to immediately lay-off the employees taken on contract and wage basis in different bodies including the Tourism Office by fulfilling the legal process.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel, Minister of State Bal Bahadur Mahat and Secretary at the Ministry Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya briefed the Committee about the status of implementation of the plan related to promotion of culture and tourism in the current fiscal year 2015/016. RSS