Tall promises of civil aviation minister

11th Sep, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 11: Nearly one and a half months after he assumed office, the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jitendra Narayan Dev has unveiled a 32-point plan of action on Sunday for what he termed to make the ministry's action systematic, effective and result-oriented.

The plan of action includes his priorities for upcoming 60 days and this fiscal year.

The Minister's priorities include policy and legal reforms, restructuring of the ministry, tourism promotion and development, protection of archaeological heritages, construction of the airports and so on.

Minister Dev's plans include both fresh and some old ones.

Amendment to the Tourism Act, 2035, Casino Regulations, the Travel and Trekking Regulations and Mountaineering Regulations include the old programmes that five ex-civil aviation ministers had promised.

The Ministry has planned to sign air service agreement with Thailand, Sri Lanka, UAE, Turkey and New Zealand for tourism promotion.

Likewise, Ministry's O and M Survey is also included to make it best suited in line with the federalism.

Secretariat for Nepal Visit Year, 2020 would be constituted and tourism promotion focusing Indian and Chinese markets would be forwarded in a campaign within 60 days, according to the Minister's plan of action.

Furthermore, restructuring of Nepal Tourism Board, Pashupati Darshan Year, Visit Lumbini Campaign and Ramjanaki Wedding Festival would be carried out for tourism promotion within this fiscal year.

By this fiscal year, master plan of a major tourism destination in each province would be prepared, sustainable conservation of Rara Lake, tender notice for master plan of eco-tourism development and disaster management in course of mountaineering and trekking are also included in the action plan.

Similarly, construction of the Nijgadh International Airport, Pokhara Regional International Airport and Gautam Buddha International Airport would be expedited by resolving the problems sooner than later.

Likewise, managerial reforms of the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) would be carried out while the national pride projects under the ministry would be speeded up.