Rs. 210 million in tourism royalties stuck in Solukhumbu

28th Feb, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Tourism royalties worth Rs 210 million have been stored in Solukhumbu since many years. The royalties have been frozen due to procedural confusion with the state restructuring process that is currently taking place.

The District Development Committee(DDC) had previously been responsible for royalty appropriation for various development schemes. With the restructuring of the local level government, the responsibility of planning and budget implementation was shifted to the local level, after which there has been a problem in the implementation of the budget in the account of the previous District Development Committee.

In the financial year 2016, more than 40 million rupees was collected by the district in tourism royalty. Out of that sum, the DDC did not even spend half the money. According to the District Coordination Committee, there was no notice regarding the budget division and implementation from the Local Development Ministry.

District coordination officer Krishna Prasad Sapkota had requested details and instructions for the implementation from the ministry. According to Bir Kumar Rai, officer at the District Coordination Committee, if it is approved by ministry it would provide an important role in development.

Meanwhile, Spokesperson of Local Development Ministry, Rudra Singh Tamang, said that the tourism royalty would be distributed to all three levels of government. He said that the central government will be entitled to half of the total royalty budget with the state and local level governments receiving equal halves of the remaining 50 percent.