Govt told to make Chinese aircraft purchase deal public

KATHMANDU: The National Information Commission (NIC) has ordered the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to make an agreement reached between Nepal and China on purchase of a Chinese aircraft public.

The Nepal Airlines Corporation is planning to purchase the aircraft from China.

On November 29, 2012, Nepal and China had signed the agreement on the purchase and grants of Chinese aircraft.

Arguing that it was the bilateral agreement and was not good to reveal to the third party, the Ministry was rejecting information to the information seeker.

However, the NIC made the Ministry aware that it would not be against the Constitution to provide information.

The order was issued in the name of Secretary at the Ministry, in response to an appeal filed by Raju Basnet from Kathmandu Metropolitan City-35.

The appeal to NIC was made after the Ministry repeatedly denied information about the agreement, according to Basnet.

He had requested the Ministry for the information on March 24.

NIC Spokesperson and Commissioner Yashoda Timilsina shared that the Ministry officials were repeatedly urged to provide information by abiding by the Right to Information Act, but they denied. Therefore, the order was issued, she added.