March 06 , 2018
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) hold a meeting at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun on March 6, 2018 with an agenda about ongoing topic Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS).
TAAN President Nava Raj Dahal enunciated the importance of TIMS for dissuading the illegal trekking operation. The issues raised on TIMS, not only being issue of TAAN or NTB but has become national issue. Stating about the MoU signed between TAAN and NTB, he said that it includes the division of fund as 30 % for TAAN, 30% for NTB, 30% as a joint- fund and remaining 10 % for worker’s welfare. As NTB is not releasing the fund, victims are facing problems. Similarly, TIMS budget cannot be utilized for development activities.
He assured that the required documents will be provided to NTB. Therefore, he requested NTB Board Members to look after the missing documents and take an appropriate action to release the budget.
NTB Board Member and TAAN Former President Deepak Mahat found TAAN more concerned and enlightened on TIMS. He said that TAAN and NTB must go through an agenda for Nepalese tourism. He stated that NTB also wants the debate of TIMS to be resolved soon and assured to ascertain the internal operation of the board.
TIMS Coordinator, Rajan Prashad Kapri said that NTB must prioritize to release the fund for rescue and death victims and also solicited to discern the documents required. Meanwhile, TAAN Executive Members highlighted upon the solution to release the freeze budget. “If any solution not made, we must go through other options.” they added.
The meeting was hosted by General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa saying the TIMS budget could not be exercised according to the MoU. Hence, requested NTB Board Member to take proper actions and implore for the positive response at the earliest.
Along with TAAN President Dahal, Senior Vice President Khum Bahadur Subedi, 1st Vice- President Jeeban Thapa Magar, 2nd Vice- President Nil Hari Bastola, General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa, Treasurer Ram Krishna Timalsina, Executive Members Ritu Gyamdan, Jeevan Lama, Rabindra Adhikari, Gopal Shrestha, Baburam Gurung, Janga Bahadur Lama, Rajan Prashad Kapri, Ram Bahadur Khadka, P.K. Sherpa, Surya Bahadur Bhetwal, CEO Tek Bahadur Mahat and NTB Board Members Deepak Mahat, Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Awadhesh Kumar Das were present at the meeting.