Kathmandu, January 19
Executive Chairman of Nepal Airlines Corporation Madan Kharel tendered his resignation today nearly 16 months after his appointment. Kharel submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister’s Office, instead of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation as is the general practice.
As per the Cabinet’s decision of 14 September 2018, Kharel was appointed NAC’s executive chairman on 17 September 2018.
According to the NAC Act, Kharel was appointed directly by the government before the tenure of former managing director Sugat Ratna Kansakar ended.
Kansakar at the time was dragged into controversy regarding the process of procuring the wide-body Airbus aircraft.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had often stated that it was not satisfied with Kharel’s work progress. Even Civil Aviation Minister Yogesh Bhattarai had hinted at changing the NAC leadership if no immediate steps were taken to strengthen the national flag carrier.
On December 29, NAC’s board meeting had sought a five-point clarification from Kharel after he briefed Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli that he was not able to pe