Tourism Ministry achieves 60 per cent progress in FY 2019/20

Economy

KATHMANDU.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has made positive progress in the last fiscal year in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry has made overall 60 per cent progress in the Fiscal Year 2019/20, according to the Annual Progress Report released by the Ministry here on Tuesday. It is stated that the Ministry has carried out significant works in the culture, tourism and civil aviation sectors in FY 2019/20. Likewise, extensive works have been done in policy reform and promotion of good governance. Works like inter-agency cultural conservation and promotion, construction of tourism infrastructures and reconstruction of heritages have been carried out.
Launching the Report booklet amidst a virtual meeting, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai said the expected level of progress could not be achieved due to the adverse situation brought about by the coronavirus pandemic when the largest capital expenditure and the financial and physical progress should have been made. “Much work could not be carried out between mid-December to mid-February and mid-June to mid-August owing to the adverse situation created by the COVID-19 global pandemic. So, the annual progress report shows capital expenditure of the Ministry is 64 per cent and the fiscal expenditure is 54 per cent while the combined overall progress is 60 per cent only. Eighty per cent progress has been made in current expenditure,” he said.
Towards the policy, the Aviation Service Authority Bill, 2077 BS and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Bill, 2077 BS brought by the Ministry have been presented in the Federal Parliament and are under discuss