MoCTCA Warns to Revoke License of Travel Agencies Charging Unnecessary Charges
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has said that the license will be revoked if any travel agency is found to have taken unnecessary fare during the rescue operation.
Speaking during the discussion on the Appropriation Bill in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Minister Bhattarai clarified that the license would be revoked if anyone was found to have taken unnecessary fare charges during the rescue operation in Corona. Responding to a question from a lawmaker that the fare fixed for rescuing Nepalese living abroad during the Corona epidemic was expensive, Minister Bhattarai said that the fare was not expensive.
He said that the missions or embassies in the respective countries would collect the names on the basis of priority and increase them in the Ministry of Tourism. He said that the company concerned would bring the workers to Kathmandu free of cost or the country and the company would be responsible for the cost. He also said that the government would provide relief to those in distress and those whose economic condition was weak. Apart from that, he said that the fourth option is to fix the fare as cheaply as possible and buy the ticket accordingly.
‘The government is committed to rescuing Nepalese who have gone for foreign employment, some countries have taken their citizens and Nepali citizens from Nepal. Of which, 3,000 dollars has been raised for going to the United States, 1,500 dollars for going to Japan and up to 800 dollars for going to Hong Kong, ‘he said. The Minister said that the government has fixed the fares at the cheapest rates. He expressed dissatisfaction with the protest against the 500 dollar fare for Hong Kong.
‘Nepal Airlines has protested against bringing in 500 dollars. Those who went to Japan paid up to Rs 1,500 but we have fixed only 935 dollars. We have fixed 1,615 dollars for Australia but foreign airlines have taken up to 2,500 dollars, ”he said. Similarly, up to 1,200 dollars was raised for access to Korea’s EPS system. At that we raised questions. Korean Air then turned down an offer of 1,000 dollars but re-offered 750 dollars. He claimed that Nepali airlines would bring the citizen in concessional fares fixed by the government.