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India hailed for Bhutan’s socio-economic transformation

During the talks, both sides also agreed to implement some new PTA projects across various sectors…reports Asian Lite News

Commending India’s role in the socio-economic transformation of Bhutan, the country’s Foreign Secretary has appreciated the release of funds for various projects, keeping in view the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participating in the third India – Bhutan Development Cooperation Talks held in a virtual mode on Monday, Bhutan’s Foreign Secretary Kinga Singye also highlighted the impact of India-funded projects at the grassroots level, said the Ministry of External Affairs in a press release.

In order to take ahead India’s development partnerships with Bhutan, the two sides reviewed the overall progress of the ongoing projects.

While the delegation from Bhutan was led by Foreign Secretary Singye, the Indian Delegation was led by Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs Rahul Chhabra. Ambassador of India to Bhutan Ruchira Kamboj also attended the talks.

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During the talks, both sides also agreed to implement some new PTA projects across various sectors including road infrastructure, water management, industrial parks and COVID-19 management.

The Bilateral Development Cooperation Talks is an important bilateral mechanism to review the entire gamut of India’s development partnership with Bhutan.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, with Bhutan’s 12th Five Year Plan (2018-2023) completing its third year, the two sides reviewed the overall progress of the ongoing Project Tied Assistance (PTA) projects, as well as the SDPs/HICDPs.

The government of India has committed Rs 4500 crore for the implementation of development projects and Rs 400 crores for the transitional Trade Support Facility during Bhutan’s 12th Five Year Plan (2018 – 2023).

77 large and intermediate projects and 524 Small Development Projects (SDPs)/ High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDPs) are at various stages of implementation under the 12th Five Year Plan.

The two sides agreed to hold the next Development Cooperation Talks on a mutually agreed date.

“India deeply values its privileged partnership with Bhutan. The Indian side remains committed to continue to support Bhutan in its development efforts,” MEA said. (INN)

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India sets up Mother and Child Hospital in Bhutan

The construction of 65-bedded Mother and Child hospital is expected to be completed by the middle of 2023…reports Asian Lite News

Reiterating India’s support to the health sector of Bhutan, construction of a 65-bedded Mother and Child Hospital funded through New Delhi’s grant commenced in Mongar on Friday.

“Construction begins for Mother and Child Hospital, Mongar! Salang Tendrel (Ground Breaking) for constructing the 65 bedded Mother and Child hospital held today at Mongar. By June 2023, the state of the art hospital would cater to the eastern part of Bhutan,” said a tweet by the Indian Embassy.

The ground breaking ceremony marked the joyous occasion of the birth anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, said a release of the Embassy of India in Bhutan.

The hospital that will be equipped with advance medical equipments from Intensive Care Units and Operation Units is being funded at a cost of Rs. 681 million through Government of India Project Tied assistance for the 12th Five Year Plan.

Construction begins for Mother and Child Hospital in Bhutan(Twitter)
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India is providing support to the tune of Rs. 4.09 billion for Bhutan’s health sector for the 12th Five Year Plan of Bhutan. This includes the construction of the Deothang Hospital, Mother and Child Hospital in Thimphu and 20 bedded Dechencholing Hospital and Nganglam Hospital.

Apart from supporting construction of hospitals, India is funding Bhutan’s Vector Borne Disease Programme, Health Flagship Programme and the programme for procurement of medical equipment for the JDWNRH, Thimphu.

To help Bhutan fight Covid-19, India had earlier provided PPE kits, N95 masks medicines and vaccines.

Last month, six portable x-ray machines were gifted by India to Bhutan. India is also helping Bhutan strengthen its clinical trial research capacity.(India News Network)

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