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, organizing a handover ceremony in Kathmandu on June 15, 2018.
Welcoming the guest and family of deceased trekking workers, TAAN President Nava Raj Dahal remembered the trekking workers who lost their lives during the trekking period due to natural disasters and other unavoidable uncertainties. He also 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,” Dahal added.
Likewise, Deepak Raj Joshi, Chief Executive officer of NTB highlighted upon importance of making trekking trials more safe and secure through proper maintenance.
During the handover ceremony, 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.
TIMS has been implemented by government since few years and the ceremony has also shed lights on its importance and TAAN hope the member agencies will realize the importance to issue TIMS card and assures the amount for welfare of trekking workers, adds the press release of TAAN.