The Development Committee of the Parliament today issued directives to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to develop Karnali region as a major tourist destination.
The Committee chaired by Rabindra Adhikari also instructed National Planning Commission to bring a seven-year medium plan and a 15-year master plan for development of Karnali region by coordinating with all the ministries and Karnali Development Commission.
The Parliamentary panel also said in its directives that that there are ample opportunities to develop Karnali zone as a tourist destination since these districts are historically, cultural and ecologically important.
The Parliamentary panel also instructed the government to gradually use the amount being spent on transportation of food to the Karnali region for development of local crops and irrigation facilities in the region.
The NPC was told to submit the master plan in two months.
The Development Committee also formed a five-member sub-panel to recommend policies for overall development of Karnali region. The sub-panel coordinated by Jivan Shahi has Lalit Jung Shahi, Mohan Baniya, Karna Bahadur BK and Mahim Limbu as members.
The Parliamentary panel told the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport to repair and improve roads in Karnali so that transportation to and from the region could be easy. The panel also instructed Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation to formulate and implement a policy within a year on protection, collection and trade of important herbs found in the Karnali region. Five districts — Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, Kalikot and Mugu — are in Karnali zone.
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