Kathmandu, Nepal, September 15, 2020: In view of the upcoming festival season, the government has decided to allow domestic airlines as well as long-distance public transport services to resume from September 21. A cabinet meeting held on Monday evening at the official resident of Prime Minister KP harma Oli made the decision to this effect.
It was widely expected that the meeting would appoint the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nepal Authority (NEA). The government, however, not recommended name of any person even though it has faced widespread pressure to reappoint Kulman Ghishing as the CEO of the NEA for another one term.
The government had suspended these travel related services for the last six months in the wake of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the country. The government has lifted almost all restrictions imposed earlier to contain the pandemic except foreign tourists’ entry even though the numbers of infection cases have drastically been increasing in the country.
The government has already allowed operating the international passenger flights since September 1 though foreign tourists have not been allowed into the country. It is said that the government would allow entering the foreign tourists to visit for mountaineering and trekking activities.
Meanwhile, the meeting also decided to recommend the name of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Vice Chairman Bam Dev Gautam to appoint him as a member of the National Assembly (NA).
President Bidya Devi Bhandari will make the appointment as per the recommendation made by the government. Gautam’s recommendation for the post of NA members is widely criticized from different walks of life alleging the government for making the NA as place to appoint to those who had lost the elections.
The government has made the decision at the recommendation of the ruling party Nepal Communist Party (NCP). Secretariat meeting of the party had decided to recommend the name of Gautam for the appointment as a member of the upper house.
The seat has remained vacant since former finance minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada’s two-year term expired some six months ago. The government had not made recommendations even though the party had already decided to recommend Gautam in the post.
Likewise, the meeting also appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali as the new Spokesperson for the Government of Nepal. The post had remained vacant after former Minister of Finance Yubaraj Khatiwada resigned from the post.