Government increases ‘mountaineering accident insurance’

Everest, file photo.
Everest, file photo.

KATHMANDU, Nepal-The government of Nepal has increased accident insurance and compensation amount of staffs, tourist guides and worker involved in mountaineering expedition. The Ministry of Council held on June 17 decided to increase insurance accident, keeping in view the mounting accidents in mountaineering sectors in Nepal. The insurance and compensation amount was increased as per the provision enshrined in Mountaineering regulation 2002, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA).

As per the new provision, accident insurance for liaison officers has been increased from Rs. 600,000 to Rs 800,000 whereas accident insurance for Sardar and mountain guides has been increased two-fold to one million rupees. Likewise, accident insurance for workers working at the high altitude has been raised to one million from current Rs. 400,000.

Similarly, medical insurance for liaison officers and other workers have been increased to Rs. 300,000 from existing Rs. 50,000.

In the meantime, the Ministry has fixed Rs. 200, 500 for the accident insurance of local mountaineering workers whereas workers in lower altitude are entitled to get 500,000, up from existing Rs 250, 000.

The government has also raised emergency rescue, including airlifting of dead bodies, insurance to US$ 10,000 from existing $4,000.

The officials said the new provisions will be implemented from January 1, 2014.

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