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Insurance cover for mountaineering workers raised

August 13 , 2014

 Insurance cover for mountaineering workers raised

The government has raised life insurance cover for mountaineering workers to Rs 1.5 million with effect from September 1.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) decided to raise the insurance cover after an avalanche near Camp I of Mt Everest killed 13 mountaineering workers. Three others are still missing.

Issuing a statement, the ministry said it raised accidental insurance cover for sardar, mountain guides and high-altitude workers to Rs 1.5 million from existing Rs 1 million. Similarly, medical insurance for them has also been raised to Rs 4 million from existing Rs 3 million.

According to ministry officials, the decision was taken as per the suggestions of different associations following the deadly avalanche.
Different associations like Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), Nepal National Mountain Guides Association and Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee had long been requesting with the government to raise the insurance cover.

Insurance cover for liaison officers and base camp workers, however, has been left unchanged.