Govt raises insurance cover for mountaineering workers


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The government has upped accidental insurance cover for mountaineering workers 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 on Friday, the ministry said it has 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 1 million.
The decision was taken as per the suggestions of different associations following the deadly avalanche, according to ministry officials.
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 been requesting the government to raise the insurance cover.
Insurance cover for liaison officers and base camp workers, however, has been left unchanged.
The ministry has asked all concerned to compulsorily buy accidental insurance, medical insurance and rescue insurance for liaison officer and mountaineering workers.

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