April 16 , 2018
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) held a meeting with Mr. Krishna Prashad Devkota, Secretary at Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) at the meeting hall of Nepal Tourism Board, on 16 April, 2018 on the topic TIMS Mission & Course of Action.
In the beginning Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB, briefed the gathering about Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) focusing on its significance in the promotion of tourism and trekking in Nepal. This was followed by a short presentation on TIMS by Mr. Tek Bahadur Mahat, CEO of TAAN in which he highlighted the role played by TIMS to ensure the safety and security of trekkers in trekking areas and in the control of illegal trekking operation, mentioning necessary payable amount for deceased family, rescue and medical.
Addressing the meeting, President of TAAN Mr. Nava Raj Dahal, drew the attention of NTB and Tourism Ministry to release 30% of TIMS Fund as agreed in the MoU between NTB and TAAN. He further suggested to utilize the 30% Joint TIMS Fund for the development and promotion of adventure tourism under coordinated planning between NTB and TAAN. He also stressed on the implementation of 10% Labors Welfare Fund in accordance with TIMS agreement.
Mr. Dahal has strongly requested NTB to provide immediate compensation to the families of those trekking laborers who lost their lives during Hud Hud Cyclone, earthquake and other natural calamities along with covering rescue and medical treatment expenses. He also urged NTB to resume TIMS collection in Khumbu, Jomsom, Langtang-Helambu among others where the service has been interrupted by locals.
Senior Vice President, First Vice President, General Secretary and other executive members fully emphasized the views expressed by Mr. Dahal and hoped for immediate action by NTB.
Former TAAN President as well as incumbent board member of NTB, Mr. Deepak Mahat raised the issue of making it mandatory for all trekkers to take trekking guides. Mr Purna Kunwar, another board member of NTB, called for better coordination and cooperation between NTB and TAAN.
Acknowledging the importance of TIMS, Tourism Secretary Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota has asked NTB to immediately distribute compensation to the family of trekking workers who lost their lives during natural disasters. He has directed NTB CEO Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi to take necessary action at the earliest to release 30% TIMS fund to TAAN; utilize 30 % Joint Fund for research and promotion and implement 10% Labor Welfare Fund. Secretary Devkota also agreed with the idea of making trekking guides compulsory to ensure safety and security of trekkers and generate employment.
With the encouraging remarks from Tourism Secretary, the meeting ended on a very positive note as participants remain highly optimistic about the outcomes.
Led by President Mr. Dahal, the TAAN delegation included Senior Vice- President Khum Bahadur Subedi, First Vice President Jeeban Thapa Magar, Second Vice President Nilhari Bastola, General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa, Treasurer Ram Krishna Timalsina and Executive Members Sher Bahadur Pariyar, Jeevan Lama, Mahesh Budha Magar, Gopal Shrestha, Rabindra Adhikari, Babu Ram Gurung, Chandra Gurung, Rajan Prashad Kapri, Suk Bahadur Lama. Similarly, Joint Secretary Mr Ghanashyam Upadhayay was also present at the meeting.