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PAC to announce decision on NTB anomalies on Wednesday

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Kathmandu, October 20 2014: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has announced that it will come to a conclusion regarding financial anomalies at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Wednesday after hearing from different individuals and organizations since last week.

PAC has formed an informal team to come up with a concrete decision on the irregularities at NTB.

PAC Chairman Janardan Sharma has requested Dhan Raj Gurung, Bikash Lamsal, Hari Bol Gajurel, Dimpal Kumari Jha and Dinesh Shrestha to help in making the minute of the decisions.

On Monday, Sharma summoned Minister of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Dipak Chandra Amatya, former Tourism Minister Ram Kumar Shrestha and board members of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) to seek clarification on various issues raised regarding the financial anomalies at NTB.

Responding to the queries of parliamentarians, Minister Shrestha said that there was no complaint of financial anomalies during his tenure. “I am just the facilitator so I am not involved in any decision making process of NTB,” said Shrestha.

Likewise, Minister Amatya said that the report submitted by the probe committee led by Joint Secretary Purna Chandra Bhattarai is under consideration. “Whoever is found guilty should be penalized and financial by-laws of NTB will be soon amended as per the act,” said Amatya adding that CEO will be appointed soon and NTB operational manual will be made so that the problem at NTB can be solved soon.

Ramesh Dhamala , president of TAAN, said that we are ready to submit all the audit report to PAC and if there is anything we need to improve we are ready for that.

Source: MyRepublica

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