January 16 , 2018
As part of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) ongoing initiative to streamline and manage Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS), a new TIMS Department was formed on January 16, 2018. Mr. Rajan Prashad Kapri has been nominated the committee’s Coordinator along with other five members: Indra Bhatta, Samika Budathoki, Nuru Chhepal Sherpa, Ram Khadka and Rabindra Adhikari.
On behalf of TIMS Department, TIMS Coordinator Mr. Rajan Prashad Kapri hosted a meeting at TAAN Secretariat which was participated by executive members of TAAN. Speaking on the ceremony, TAAN President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal congratulated the newly formed TIMS Department members with khadas and batches and wished the new department for their successful term in office. He stated that all departments within TAAN are equally important including TIMS department.
“TIMS is being implemented to discourage illegal trekking operation as well as for the welfare of trekking workers. TIMS must be operated for the benefit and promotion of trekking industry. He also assured that the new executive committee of TAAN will work towards releasing the TIMS revenue from Nepal Tourism Board .
Similarly TAAN General Secretary, Mr. Ang Pemba Sherpa requested the new team of TIMS department to work in an effective way and also drew attention to the immediate re-opening of the TIMS check post at Khumbu Pasang Rural Municipality and Langtang.
Tara Nath Lamicchane (Dinesh), Past Executive Member and TIMS Coordinator highlighted on the activities during his term at office and called upon reviewing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between TAAN and NTB regarding TIMS. He further emphasized the need for the operation of TIMS through yet-to-be-implemented online software. He also informed that the necessary documents relating to TIMS expenditure had been previously submitted to NTB.
Commenting on the issues of TIMS check post at Kumbu Pasang Rural Municipality and Langtang, TAAN Treasurer Mr. Ram Krishna Timalsina, asked the new TIMS Department team to raise awareness about the importance of TIMS. Krishna Kumar Aryal, the erstwhile board Member of NTB, suggested TAAN to design software to conduct TIMS online. “I am positive that NTB and TAAN would find a way to settle the disputes regarding TIMS. New plans should be formulated in order to utilize TIMS budget in an effective way that would be beneficial for both trekking business and trekking workers. “
Concluding the meeting, President Nava Raj Dahal once again assured that the future activities of TAAN will facilitate trekking business.