February 13: Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kedar Bahadur Adhikari has said that the government can restructure Nepal Airlines Corporation if it is beneficial for the state-owned airliner.
Assuming the chairmanship of the NAC board amid a function on Wednesday (February 12), Adhikari said that the government can rethink of changing the model of the airline company for its improvement.
The ministry had appointed Adhikari as the chairman of NAC following the resignation of Executive Chairman Madan Kharel on February 17.
“It is essential to think about whether to opt for strategic partner or to restructure the NAC into company model by amending the law,” said Adhikari.
“NAC also requires administrative reforms,” he added.
He said that the reforms within the airline could help attract investors. He also urged the officials to come up with suggestions that are best suited for the reforms of the airliner.
A task force formed to suggest options for restructuring the NAC had on September 18 recommended the government to transform the state-owned airline company into a public limited company.
The task force headed by former tourism secretary Sushil Ghimire had presented a report to Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai suggesting the government to take 13 immediate steps and 12 others in the long-term for the reform of the cash-strapped company.