Newly-appointed Tourism Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal has said that so far the government has not been able to address the issues dogging the private sector in the tourism industry. During an interaction programme today with the stakeholders, he assured the private sector that he would help bridge the gap created by the government earlier.
“I have been closely looking at the private sector’s issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and I assure you that all the problems being faced by the private sector will be addressed gradually,” he said, adding, “No decision will be taken unilaterally. The ministry will work by coordinating with the private sector players for the development of the tourism industry.”
The minister also mentioned that he is new to the industry but will work for its betterment without any self-interest. Dhakal further said that the policies and rules that were formulated for the resumption of tourism activities amid the pandemic, while he was the health minister, cannot be changed all of a sudden.
“We need to prioritise public’s health before anything,” he added.
Minister Dhakal also informed that the ministry is working on relaxing rules of on-arriva