(Kantipur Online, May 29, 2007)


BANKE: Indian Ambassador to Nepal Shiva Shanker Mukherjee Monday said New Delhi was preparing to triple the existing Indian assistance to Nepal for its education, infrastructure and health sector. Opening a school built with Indian assistance in Nepalgunj Monday, the Indian envoy said the increase had begun since last June’s meeting between the two countries’ premiers.


He further said that the Nepalese people had secured their future in their own hands following last year’s April pro-democracy movement.


“The road to development is long and difficult. But the Indian government is willing to move side-by –side with Nepal,” Mukharjee said. He opined that India considered any thing beneficial to Nepal as being beneficial to itself. “India began assisting Nepal ever since it gained independence and till now it has extended assistance to all 75 districts,” Mukharjee said.


The building of the Pashupati Skishya Mandir in Nepalgunj was built out of around Rs 2.8 million assistance from the Indian government and Rs 0.4 million from Banke district administration.

250 students are currently studying there.

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