KATHMANDU, Nepal- The kin of the Sherpas, who lost their lives in the recent Mount Everest avalanche, have accused the government of turning deaf ear toward the victimized families.
During a function held in the capital Kathmandu by Nepal Mountaineering Association on Wednesday to mark the 13th day of the avalanche deaths, they also vented their ire against the government and other concerned agencies.
Pasang Doma Sherpa, sister of Phurba Ongyal Sherpa who lost his life in the avalanche grieved about the financial insecurity faced by the family members after the death of Phurba who was the bread and butter for them.
She complained that the compensation announced by the government was not adequate as most of the victimized family members are poor. She also alleged that the government was reluctant to the genuine demands raised by victims of the Sherpa families.
Though the government has already decided to offer a compensation of Rs 1.5 million for each of the families of 16 climbers who died in the avalanche, the kin of deceased mountaineers are not satisfied by the treatment of the government.
On the occasion Menuka Gurung, wife of Ash Bahadur Gurung who is still missing after the avalanche moaned that though the authorities as well as entrepreneurs talked a lot about compensation, no one was really worried over how she would survive in days to come.
Responding to the grievance of the mourning family members Tourism Minister Bhim Acharya claimed that government has left no stone unturned to support the family members of the deceased.
Minister Acharya also added that the government has not only announced Rs 1.5 million as compensation to each of the affected families, but has also taken several other initiatives to support them.
On the occasion, Gia Tartladze, President of International Mountaineers Association (IMA), guessed that the April 18 Everest avalanche may open new course of debate on the minimizing the risks of the Sherpas. He also warned that the mountaineers would opt for the easier and less expensive Tibetan route to ascend the world’s highest peak if the government didnot heed the genuine demands of the climbers.
President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association Ang Tshering Sherpa said that the tragic incident had taught all lessons regarding the need to introduce timely amendment to our mountain tourism policy so that the families and entrepreneurs would not have to face such fate again.
On the occasion, the kin of the deceased high altitude guides, relatives, mountaineering entrepreneurs and government officials had offered flowery tribute to the dead Sherpas.