The Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) expressing concern over the Arunachal’s Everesters calls for due recognition to them by the state government. Tsering Wange, the President of AMASA commented in a statement that the pity condition of Everesters was because of the lack of awareness on the great potential of adventure sports and mountaineering in the state.
Wange compared the recognition of the Arunachal Everesters with those of the other states and rued that the state govt. was yet to honor them and other sport personalities with land allotment, cash incentives and government jobs. He further stated, “The Assam government had honored the Everesters of Assam with 20 lakh each, while other states had also given cash and other incentives,” while informing that that state govt. has awarded the summiteers just with a certificate, a gold medal and a blanket.
Adding more, Wange stated, “Our Everesters have been felicitated by the President, Prime Minister, Union Defence Minister, Union Tourism Minister, Union Sports Minister, Chief of Indian Army, Chief Ministers of Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Sikkim.” The AMASA President continued by saying that the growth of adventure tourism and adventure sports in Arunachal Pradesh depended on the proper recognition to the sportsperson, awareness campaigns on adventure tourism and opening up of trekking expeditions to the unexplored peaks.
He also added, “There is also an urgent need to formulate mountaineering policy on the lines of Nepal government to boost the local economy, opening up of international border trade with Bhutan, China and Myanmar, and speedy execution of the two-lane BRO road between Bhalukpong and Tawang.”