In­di­ans lack evac­u­a­tion cover: Kumar

In­sur­ance doesn’t cover the costs of evac­u­a­tion in case of emer­gency for In­di­ans, whereas in case of for­eign­ers, it is taken care of. Ak­shay Kumar, Pres­i­dent, ATOAI sheds light on in­sur­ance rules in for­eign na­tions.

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Nat­u­ral

dis­as­ters don’t come with prior warn­ing, while most of the times,

Noth­ing has come our way from in­sur­ance com­pa­nies that can serve our clients ef­fec­tively dur­ing the emer­gency sit­u­a­tions

they lead to mas­sive suf­fer­ings for peo­ple in the re­gion, es­pe­cially tourism in­dus­try. The ut­most pri­or­ity in such cir­cum­stances is to evac­u­ate peo­ple from the spot of nat­u­ral disas­ter. Here, Ak­shay Kumar, Pres­i­dent, ATOAI, says that lack of evac­u­a­tion cover for In­di­ans poses a great dif­fi­culty.

“Our mem­bers at the Ad­ven­ture Tour Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ATOAI) ac­cord top pri­or­ity to safety of all our guests. Our guests don’t come to our camps, or use our ser­vices with­out ad­e­quate in­sur­ance cover, just to be pre­pared for even un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances. How­ever, a typ­i­cal in­sur­ance cover doesn’t cover the costs of evac­u­a­tion in case of emer­gency for In­dia,” said Kumar. “In case of for­eign­ers, in­sur­ance cov­ers emer­gency evac- ua­tion. We have spo­ken to a lot of in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and de­lib­er­ated on ex­ten­sion of in­sur­ance cover in cases of evac­u­a­tion that re­sult due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances. Un­for­tu­nately, noth­ing has come our way so far that could equip us to serve our clients ef­fec­tively even dur­ing the emer­gency sit­u­a­tions,” he added. Go­ing for­ward, ATOAI is keen to brain­storm on the said as­pect with rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers in the in­sur­ance in­dus­try and pol­icy mak­ers, so that the in­ter­ests of In­dian tourists are safe­guarded.

Ak­shay Ku­mar Pres­i­dent, ATOAI

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