New Delhi: On Sunday, India presented 75 ambulances and 17 school buses to various government and non-government, non-profit organizations working in the field of health and education spread across different districts of Nepal. India’s newly-appointed Ambassador Naveen Srivastava handed over the keys of the vehicles in the presence of Devendra Paudel, Nepal’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Embassy of India in Kathmandu gifted 75 ambulances & 17 school buses today to various beneficiary organizations of🇳🇵. The keys were handed over by Ambassador Naveen Srivastava in the presence of Mr. Devendra Paudel, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Education, Science & Technology. pic.twitter.com/n9JbnPFHXc
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The Indian Embassy said that the gifting of 75 ambulances also coincides with 75 celebrations being observed this year to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence. “The gifting of ambulances and school buses is part of a very strong and strong development partnership between the two countries,” Mr. Srivastava said.
He said that this initiative has been one of the long-standing traditions of the Government of India under the Nepal-India Development Partnership Program to boost the efforts of the Government of Nepal to strengthen its infrastructure in health and education.
Mr. Poudel appreciated India’s various ongoing development projects in Nepal and said that these initiatives will continue to strengthen people-to-people ties and improve relations between the two countries.
The Indian mission said that 75 ambulances and 17 school buses will be handed over to various government departments and NGOs working in the field of health and education in different districts of Nepal.In 2021, India gifted 39 ventilators-equipped ambulances to Nepal as part of its efforts to help Kathmandu in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Similarly, in 2020, India had gifted 41 ambulances and six school buses to Nepal to mark the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.Nepal is important to India in terms of its overall strategic interests in the region, and leaders of the two countries have often noted the age-old “bread beti” relationship.
The land-locked country relies heavily on India for the transportation of goods and services. Nepal’s access to the sea is through India, and it imports a major proportion of its needs from and through India.The Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 forms the basis of the special relationship between the two countries.