February 17, 2017
H.E. the Ambassador of India Shri Ranjit Rae returned to Kathmandu after successfully concluding his two days visit to Sindhuli, Sarlahi and Rautahat Districts of Nepal. During the visit, he inaugurated and laid foundation stone of various Small Development Projects being executed or completed with Indian financial assistance of NR 155 million as part of India–Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme.
2. On 16 February, 2017, the Ambassador reached Sindhuli and witnessed MoU signing ceremony for construction of a three storey building for Sindhuli Community Technical Institute. The new building would consist of 19 rooms, Computer and Internet lab, reading room etc. and would be constructed with NRs 44 million financial assistance of the Govt of India. During his address, the Ambassador hoped that the project would be completed within 15 months as envisaged in the MoU so that the students start benefitting from the new infrastructure as soon as possible. In the past, the Government of India has provided financial assistance of NR 109 million for 01 completed and 04 ongoing projects in Sindhuli District. Additionally, the Government of India has, in the past, provided 07 ambulances, recognizing the need of the people of the district.
3. On 17 February, the Ambassador inaugurated a school building for Shree Janata Secondary School in Harkathwa VDC built with GoI’s grant assistance of NR 17 million. In his address, the Ambassador remarked that the Sarlahi District has benefitted from the Small Development Project Scheme of the Government of India where 07 projects have been completed and 12 other projects are at various stages of implementation. The Government of India has committed total financial assistance of NRs 541 million for these projects. He assured the local community the continued support of the Government of India for the development of the people of Nepal. The Ambassador also announced Mahatma Gandhi scholarship for two meritorious students of each school who score the highest marks in Class X for further studies in Class XI and XII.
4. Next, he laid the foundation stone for a school building for Shree Higher Secondary School to be constructed with India’s grant assistance of NRs 44 million. The Ambassador said that he believed that all children have the right to go to school and it is our responsibility to provide necessary supporting environment. The true purpose of this school is to inspire them to work hard and achieve their dreams. The Government of India has in the past provided financial assistance of NR 108 million for 04 completed and 01 ongoing project in Rautahat District. Additionally, 15 ambulances and 02 buses have also been donated to different organization working in health and education sector.
5. The construction of new schools and Institutes in Sindhuli, Sarlahi and Rautahat would enhance accessibility and availability of the education related infrastructure in these Districts. The new facilities would help in dealing with the shortage of classrooms in these schools and would benefit thousands of children of the region. These projects have been supported by the Government of India under its multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional Economic Cooperation Programme with the Government of Nepal. The Government of India has been providing financial assistance for various large and small development projects in different parts of Nepal, mainly in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development, in response to local needs and in partnership with the Government of Nepal.