3 helicopter companies, 4 hospitals and 8 trekking organization charged for ‘fake rescue case’

The government has circulated the concerned body to take action against 15 organizations, which are found guilty for charging huge amount of money from the tourists by the investigation department.

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has sent a letter to various five bodies including the Ministry of Home Affairs to take action against those organizations. 8 trekking and rescue companies, 4 hospitals, and 3 helicopter companies are found guilty.

The Government of Nepal, probe committee formed to investigate the Helicopter Rescue Scam had submitted its 7 pages long report to Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) on 30 July 2018. The Probe team has suggested taking action against those organizations who claims for insurance after ‘Fake Rescue’.

Manang Air, Air Dynasty and Heli Everest are on the helicopter companies list which are under the list of Probe team. Similarly, Himalayan Social Journey, Mountain Rescue, Kailash Charter, Easy Heli, Eagle Heli, Flight Connection, Alpine Rescue and Mountain Heli are among the Travel and Rescue companies. Likewise, Vayodha hospital, Swacon International Hospital, New Era hospital and Ciwec Hospital are found guilty.

According to the revenue leakage (Research and Control) Act, 2052, the team has also recommended Department of Revenue Investigation Department to carry out appropriate action with proper investigation. The fact-finding panel probed 10 helicopter companies, six hospitals and 36 travel, trekking and rescue agencies following complaints filed by tourism entrepreneurs.

The ministry has sent correspondence letter to the Office of the Prime Minister, Home Ministry, National Bank, Revenue Investigation Department, Health Ministry, Metropolitan Police Committee.

This fact- finding committee has recommended Nepal Police to be given the responsibility of monitorig such tourists rescue operations from this September 2018 to mitigate any of such insurance scams in future that has damaged the country’s reputation.

It is widely believed that Government’s action to stop the Heli Rescue Scam will boost the travelers’ confident to visit Nepal with proper insurance at its best cost thus the country will be able to meet its target to welcome 2 million travelers on the Visit Nepal year of 2020.

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