A cabinet meeting on Thursday decided to provide Rs 500,000 financial assistance to each of the families of the 16 Nepali guides, who died in the massive avalanche near Mt. Everest base camp on April 18, 2014.
The Council of Ministers took this decision as per the government’s commitment expressed on April 23 to provide the compensation.
Immediately after the avalanche, the government compensated Rs 40,000 and declared to provide an additional Rs 500,000 to each of the victim families. The government took the decision following an announcement by the guides that they would not ascend Mt. Everest this season.
Talking to Nepalnews, Chairperson of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Ang Tshering Sherpa has welcomed the government’s decision, adding that it pays tributes to guides and the whole mountaineering community.
Madhusudhan Burlakoti, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, who is handling this issue, says that it may take time to distribute the amount.
“The Ministry has to receive a copy of the decision from Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. Then we forward it to Finance Ministry for final approval.”
In the deadliest avalanche on Mt Everest, bodies of 13 dead were recovered on April 20, while the search for the three missing guides was called off due to difficulties.