LETTERS: TIA’s bad image

Apropos of the news story “It’s a bad first immersion at TIA” (THT, September 11, Page 1”, it is painful for us to criticise our own public servants and our public utilities.

When you denigrate TIA, it is like cutting your nose to spite your own face. But we must not shy away from putting our honest opinions across as those will hopefully improve the facilities and services, which are the USPs of tourism.

The onus for this must be laid on the doors of the public servants whose livelihood depends on TIA.

Because of their employment at TIA which is lubricated by dollars, rupees, yen, yuan, dinars and riyals etc, they can have good food, good houses, motorbikes or even SUVs, and send their children to the US and Australia.

How can they disrespect such a sacred temple? What happens to them if TIA closes tomorrow? We need not tell the public servants at TIA how an airport should look like as there are chances that most of them have passed through other airports in the world with public funds.

While they cannot do much about the infrastructure, they can offer excellent service with a winning smile. The manager must be on top of the airport rather than looking out for free lunches.

The government on its part can put up the photos all over the airport of not only the best employees of the day but also of the bad ones so that travelers can avoid them.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu


It is indeed ridiculous and shameful on the part of lawmakers who have made the parliament an outlet where you can just check in and check out any time you wish.

A report said that 326 lawmakers signed in attendance book and more than half had already checked out the meeting before some vital bills were being considered in parliament. This shows how irresponsible and unaccountable our lawmakers are.

There are stringent norms in private as well as in some public workplaces where you have to sign in and out your attendance at the beginning and end of the business hour. Merely turning up should not be marked as being present to collect their allowances and other benefits.

When you are at the helm of making laws, as you are called lawmakers for that reason, how can you bunk your duty just like college students?

There has been a tendency that most lawmakers do not take part in the initial discussion on any bill and later on lament when there are any lapses when it is passed by the parliament and authenticated by President.

It is the duty of the concerned parties’ chief whips to make sure that their lawmakers are present throughout the parliament session, especially at the time of passing any of the bills. The concerned parties must take disciplinary actions against those who remain absent and defy the party whips.

The parties should also educate their lawmakers about the seriousness of some bill having pervasive impact in the future.

Ritu Raj Lamsal, Kathmandu