April 28, 2020/Kathmandu
A delegation of Trekking Agencies’Association of Nepal(TAAN),Unitrav and leaders of tourism workers’ organisations have urged Yogesh Bhattarai the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for relief package handing over the 10 point demands.
Talking to the walker, Sarita Lama the general secretary of TAAN informed that the team had urged the Tourism Minister to come up with short and long term relief packages, at the time the entire tourism industry was shattered due to Covid-19 conditions.
The meeting was held in the Ministry in Singhdarbar, on Tuesday.
They have suggested about providing the loan of at least 20 lakh rupees without deposit over 2 percent minimum interest rate.
The demands also include rescuing the tourism workers from the capital and reach them to their destinations.
It also includes waving of interest on loans taken by the tourism entrepreneurs along with the rent on the physical properties hired by them.
They also urged the Minister to make the use of the bulk amount deposited in the joint account of TAAN and NTB from the tims earning to provide support to the tourism entrepreneurs.
Likewise, the delegation demanded that the duration of renewal for the agencies be provided with the extra 6 months period due to Lockdown. It is necessary to renew the trekking Agencies in every 5 years.
Minister Bhattarai assured the delegation that he would consult the related sides for necessary solutions.
Bhattarai also asked them to furnish the Ministry with the final list of tourism workers needed to be rescued by road or air and those awaiting relief in the capital within three days.
TAAN president Khum Bahadur Subedi, senior vice-president Nabin Trital, General secretary Sarita Lama, Unitrav president Suman Parajuli, general secretary Ram Bahadur Shrestha, Ram Chandra Dhungana-president of All Nepal Tourism Workers Association and Dipendra Kafle-the president of Nepal Tourism Workers Organisation were the part of the delegation.