June 17 , 2018
On 15th June 2018, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) handed over Rs. 2 lakhs 50 thousand each to the family of 33 deceased trekking labours who lost their lives in Himalayas.
TAAN President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal welcoming all the guest and family of deceased trekking workers consulate the trekking workers who lost their lives during the trekking period due to natural disasters and other unavoidable uncertainties. He explained the importance of TIMS for controlling illegal trekking operation, generating employment opportunities and ensuring indemnity for trekking labours. Expressing the significance of TIMS to make trekking mandatory from a government registered trekking company would assure the revenue increment, accurate database of trekkers including their safety. “Even though the MoU between NTB and TAAN signed more than four years ago for workers welfare, the working procedure to mobilize the fund for family of deceased trekking workers was not made since four years but with the repeated effort TAAN has been able to handover them alleviation.” He added. He anticipates that the rescue and medical charges will also be released in upcoming days.
NTB C.E.O. Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi highlighted upon making trekking trials more safe and secure through proper maintenance.
NTB Board Member Mr. Krishna Aryal stated that the TIMS fund was not released since a long time ago due to required documentations and expressed his sympathy towards all the workers who lost their lives. He aspires that TAAN and NTB will go hand and hand for effective management of TIMS in upcoming days. Assuring to release the fund for workers welfare after the proper documents are submitted, he requested TAAN to display the evidence through log book presented at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
NTB Board Member Mr. Deepak Mahat aforementioned upon TIMS amount being national revenue, releasing the fund is not that easy as per the signed MoU between TAAN and NTB. Many trekking companies are not issuing TIMS believing that the fund won’t be released for the welfare of workers, this program will let them know that they will receive the amount according to the mentioned policy but will take some effort and time. He added.
Closing the program, TIMS Coordinator Rajan Prasad Kapri thanked entire guest and solaced in the name of deceased trekking workers.
A moment of silence was offered and 33 candles were lighted in the remembrance of the trekking workers who lost their lives in the Himalayas.
Therefore, this program concludes that TIMS is important and hope the member agencies will realize the importance to issue TIMS card and assures the amount for welfare of trekking workers.
Director General of Department of Tourism (DoT) Mr. Kosh Nath Adhikari, TAAN Past Presidents and executive members, Tourism Associates, NTB representatives and TAAN staffers were present in the program.