Power play delays NTB CEO selection process


, January 21

The selection process of chief executive officer of Board () has been delayed due to political .

A board meeting of NTB was supposed to appoint a new on January 19, but it failed to do so citing insufficient quorum. The meeting scheduled for Monday was then postponed citing the busy schedule of Tourism Secretary Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, who is also chairman of the NTB board.

The tourism board put off the meeting again today ‘until further notice’ without giving any specific reason.

A sub-committee formed to select final candidates had shortlisted nine names out of 17 applicants on January 4. While the sub-committee had shortlisted Dhananjay Regmi, Dipak Bastakoti and Hikmat Singh Aiyer as the final candidates on January 19, the board meeting had ended inconclusively.

An NTB source informed that the selection process of CEO of NTB is being delayed as it has attracted the attention of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

The source, seeking anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said that one of the powerful applicants for the post who did not make it to the final shortlist had reached out to the prime minister and tried to influence him saying that the NTB CEO should be in favour of Communist Party.

“And now, PM Oli has directed th

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