Turbulence inside NAC with the entry of disputed figure in boardroom

27th Feb, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: The Tourism Ministry is under scrutiny and is being questioned over it’s commitment to good governance at Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) following the decision to appoint a controversial figure at the boardroom of the national flag carrier.

Last Friday, at the behest of Tourism Minister Jeeban Bahadur Shahi, former director of NAC Achyut Raj Pahadi was brought back to NAC—this time he is offered a more critical role of framing policies as an expert at the state-owned airline company.

Pahadi, who was recently appointed as the board director of NAC, has been charged of committing fraud and irregularities during his tenure at the corporation as the head of the engineering department. Some of these cases are still pending.

In 2014, he was even suspended by the NAC board for six months on the charge of embezzling funds by purchasing Boeing 757 tyres unnecessarily and unreasonably. He was also jailed for two weeks in a separate forgery case.

His appointment comes at a time when the national flag carrier is set to launch reform measures and wrap up major deals. The corporation recently initiated the process of procuring two wide-body jets, retiring its two Boeing 757s and studying possibility to induct foreign strategic or management partner.