Generosity and Brotherhood: Fifth India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting Concludes
KATHMANDU: The fifth India-Nepal joint commission meeting concluded in Hotel Yak and Yeti earlier this evening. It was chaired by Finance Minister Pradeep Gyawali and his Indian counterpart Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
It was also attended by both the Ambassadors representing the country, Mr. Manjeev Singh Puri for India, and Nilambar Acharya for Nepal, along with a host of other delegates. Bilateral relations were given importance and it was taken with seriousness and discussed in totality.
The following were the developments that see a positive approach to the bilateral relations between the two nations. More information will be provided in the coming hours when the detailed opinions and experience from the delegates are received.
Out of the total commitment of INR 5 billion rupees, INR 800 million rupees was handed over in the form of a cheque for developing road infrastructure in the Terai region of Nepal, there are other packages in the pipeline and will be ready for inauguration soon.
NPR 2.5 billion rupees given by the Government of India as reimbursement for the reconstruction of Nuwakot and Gorkha districts the main affected during the major Gorkha earthquake of 2015.
The Joint Commission will review all existing projects and treaties, but so far both sides were fairly satisfied with the developments. They are expected to provide a way forward with mutual consideration keeping in mind the proximity and relations of individuals of both nations.
The border areas will be upgraded and more infrastructural logistics will be provided in the areas.
The Commission has taken into serious account the situation of the disaster of the monsoons in low lying areas of the borders. There will be an action plan set up in order for preparedness and to avoid casualties in the future. The areas will be constantly monitored by a team which will include members from both nations.
The Joint Commission has observed the progress being made in various infrastructural projects. Postal Roads, Petroleum pipeline from Motihari-Amlekhgunj, and several other post-reconstruction works after the Gorkha earthquake.
India will cooperate and help Nepal in the Tourism sector keeping in mind Nepal’s mission for its program Visit Nepal Year 2020.
The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) of Nepal and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. More partnership building in the future to come.
Nepal will be provided more air routes in the future, and India has taken this with seriousness although not final, there will be more discussions in place.
Both will work for the success of Visit Nepal Year 2020, Nepal tourism sector to benefit.
This will be followed by a dinner reception hosted by FM Pradeep Gyawali in honor of the delegates. EAM Dr. Jaishankar will meet the President of Nepal tomorrow before he departs. The fifth India-Nepal joint commission meeting has been a resounding success. Nepal should utilize the funds provided and have ongoing projects implemented without delay.