PM Modi departs for India after successful completion of his state visit to Bhutan

Thimphu:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today departed for India after successful visit to Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended various events during his two day visit to the country.

While departing for India PM Modi said that “It was a memorable visit. The affection I have received from the people of this wonderful nation can never be forgotten. There were many programmes which I had the honour of taking part in. The outcomes of the visit will enhance bilateral ties.”

On Saturday, PM Modi met Dr. Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan during his State visit. He also met Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan in Thimphu. PM Modi met Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, Leader of the Opposition of the National Assembly of Bhutan.

While delivering Press Statement during his state visit on Saturday, PM Modi said, “It is a privilege of India that we are a major partner in the development of Bhutan. India’s cooperation in Bhutan’s five-year plans will continue even further depending on their wishes and priorities.”

Speaking about the inauguration of the Mangdechhu Hydro-power project PM Modi said that “with the cooperation of both countries, hydro-power generation capacity in Bhutan has crossed 2000 MW. I am confident that we will also take other projects forward very fast.”
Pm Modi said that to meet the growing needs of the common people of Bhutan, the supply of LPG from India is being increased from 700 to 1000 MT per month. This will help in bringing clean fuel to the villages of Bhutan.

PM Modi also said that India will extend all possible help in realizing his dream of multi-disciplinary super-specialty hospital in Bhutan.

PM Modi said that India is positive to increase the limit of currency swaps for Bhutan. Meanwhile, an additional $ 100 million will be available to Bhutan under the standby swap arrangement to meet the foreign exchange requirement.

PM Modi also talked about India’s commitment to accelerate the development of Bhutan using space technology. He inaugurated the earth station of South Asia Satellite. He said that “this will increase coverage of communication, public broad-casting and disaster management in Bhutan. For these purposes extra bandwidth and transponders will also be made available as per Bhutan’s requirement. Both countries will also cooperate in the construction of small satellites and the use of space technology.”
He also launched the RuPay card in Bhutan.

Today, Prime Minister visited the National Memorial Chorten during his State visit to Bhutan. “Felt humbled after paying my respects at the National Memorial Chhorten, which honours the late Third Druk Gyalpo, who was a stalwart committed to peace, harmony and sustainable development,” said Prime Minister Modi.

While delivers address at The Royal University of Bhutan PM Modi said that India and Bhutan- connected by the shared heritage of Buddhism and united in pursuit of ensuring better quality of life for our citizens. “Our shared values have shaped a common world-view. This is visible in Varanasi and Bodh Gaya. And also in Dzong and Chorten. And as people, we are fortunate to be the living vehicle of this great legacy. No other two countries in the world understand each other so well or share so much. And no two countries are such natural partners in bringing prosperity to their peoples,” said PM Modi.

Talking about India’s economic transformation PM Modi said, “India is eliminating poverty faster than ever before. The pace of infrastructure construction has doubled in the last five years. We have just pledged about 15 billion dollars for next-generation infrastructure. India is home to the world’s largest health-care programme, Ayushman Bharat that offers health assurance to 500 million Indians.

India has among the cheapest data connectivity in the world, which is directly and indirectly empowering millions. India is also home to among the biggest start-up eco-systems in the world. This is indeed a great time to innovate in India.”

He said that it’ll always be people first when it comes to India-Bhutan relations. He said that Bhutan has understood the spirit of happiness. And, it is happiness that is Bhutan’s message to the world.