Supreme Court defreezes NTB CEO selection process
KATHMANDU, SEP 01 -
The process of selecting a new chief executive officer (CEO) of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is expected to resume soon following the Supreme Court ’s ruling to go ahead after forming a new selection committee.
The NTB has been immobilized as it has been headless since Oct 30 and without a board of directors since Nov 30, 2011. The selection process was disrupted almost 10 months ago after two of its board members went to court complaining that they had been removed before their terms expired.
The apex court has ordered the NTB to reinstate the two ousted members Dhurba Narayan Shrestha and Rewat Bahadur Thapa in the board and the three-member selection committee. The third member will be chosen by a subcommittee.
Including Shrestha and Thapa, the board of directors now consists of Pumpha Dhamala, Phur Gyalzen Sherpa and Tikaram Sapkota from the private sector. The rest of the 11-member board consists of five representatives from the government and the CEO. The tourism secretary is the chairman of the board.
As per the NTB Act 1997 and Regulations 1999, the NTB is required to form a selection committee to recommend candidates for the post of CEO. “It will take two weeks to form the CEO selection committee, and it will take at least another month to appoint a new chief for the NTB,” Shrestha said.
On Jan 4, the Tourism Ministry named Dhamala, Sherpa, Sapkota, Amar Bahadur Shahi and Shyam Sundar Lal Kakshapati, all from the private sector, to the NTB board of directors. However, the Supreme Court intervened after two sitting members, Shrestha and Thapa, contested their ouster saying that their tenure as members of the board had not expired as per their appointment letter.
The previous selection process stalled after the terms of the three of the five members, Ganesh Simkhada, Nimi Sherpa and Agni Kadel, expired on Nov 30, 2011 before the selection committee could appoint a CEO. It had shortlisted 12 candidates for the post from among 18 applicants. Shrestha said the new board would give continuity to the old selection process .
Posted on: 2012-09-01 08:26