The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation has made it clear that there was no plan to privatise Nepal Airlines Corporation.

Issuing a press statement today, NAC refuted rumours that the corporation would be run in the company model.

Spokesperson for the ministry Taranath Adhikari said, "There is no plan or programme to take the NAC into the company model or privatise it. This is to inform one and all that there has been no discussion regarding this either."

Adhikari, in the statement, said that the ministry's attention had been drawn to rumours and misleading information about the new programmes, and that NAC was considering an overhaul and reform in operation model of NAC.

Appealing to all to be on the side of truth and facts, the spokesperson ruled out any possibility for the NAC being privatised in the present situation.

Similarly, General Manager of NAC Dim Prasad Poudel said that NAC should not be run as a private public organisation in the existing condition. The staffers at NAC had protested when the process of privatising the NAC was taken forward.

Some staffers of NAC had padlocked the rooms of high-ranking officials for nearly five days protesting the management's move to privatise NAC.

The padlocks were opened with the assistance of the police administration. However, voices of dissent continue to come from disgruntled staffers.

NAC has already made it clear that it has sought many alternatives to find an appropriate modality to run the corporation and to reform it after the government itself mentioned reforming the NAC in its plan and programmes for the fiscal 2021-2022.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 12 2021, of The Himalayan Times.