Tourism Ministry developing legal manual for rescue operations

23rd Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Aug 23: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation is preparing legal framework to bring mountain rescue operations under the legal jurisdiction. The ministry is building work process to cover rescue operations and maintain control over businesses which have been profiting from fake rescue operations, which caused a negative effect over Nepal's tourism sector in the international level.

In recent time, the ministry uncovered a network of illegal operations including travel and trekking agencies, hospitals, rescue organizations and helicopter companies which have been involved with fake rescues and defrauding tourists to claim false insurance, etc. which pushed the ministry to make laws regulating the rescue sector.

"The work process draft is currently being made," said a ministry official, "we will make it public some time later." The official informed that the work process is being prepared as quick as possible to make it public at the earliest possible time. The manual will set specific rates for rescue activities. Until now, helicopter companies have not been assigned specific rates by the government for rescue operations.

The draft will also contain points specifying compulsory permission for mountain climbing and trekking expeditions, creating a separate police unit for rescue operations, prohibition of additional costs for tourists, and compulsory protocol of escorting sick tourists first to the nearest hospital for preliminary check-up before being taken to other hospitals, etc.