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Indian Assistance of NRs. 2.36 for Banke District

November 2, 2011

 

At a well-attended public function held at Nepalgunj in Banke District on 2nd November 2011, Ambassador of India Shri Jayant Prasad inaugurated the newly constructed school building of Shree Dhamboji Higher Secondary School, Nepalgunj, built with India’s assistance of NRs. 2.36 under the Nepal-India Economic Cooperation Programme.

Established in 1958 as a Primary School and subsequently upgraded as Higher Secondary level in 2007, Shree Dhamboji Higher Secondary School, is one of the oldest Government-recognised schools in the Mid-Western Region of Nepal.  The new building will create better facilities for over 1000 students, of whom half are girls. This is expected to assist students in the pursuit of their study programme and subsequently raise enrolment in the school. In addition to this school, three projects in Banke District have already been completed with India’s assistance  and work is on going for one project Mahendra Multiple Campus, Nepalgunj. Three ambulances, one school bus and one mobile eye care van have also been gifted for use in Banke District.

The Ambassador later inaugurated an eye camp organized by Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh in the school premises for as to carrying out eye tests and examination for the children of the school and neighbouring  schools.  Spectacles/vision devices will be distributed to children needing them.  This is part of the assistance being provided free of cost by India to Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh for eye care in Nepal.  Government of India has been providing assistance to NNJS for eye care programme in Nepal as part of the India-Nepal  Cooperation Programme since 2001. Under the programme over 90,000 people have so far been cured of cataract and trachoma and optical devices/spectacles have been distributed to over 27,000 school going children all over Nepal. India will provide assistance of NRs. 4.60 crores to NNJS for eye care programme during the year 2011-2012.

In his address, Ambassador of India underlined the importance of the India-Nepal Cooperation Programme as a cornerstone of the relationship between the two countries. He expressed the hope that the various development projects being implemented under the programme will help the people of Nepal in their strides towards peace and prosperity.

Recognizing the importance of accelerating developmental activities in Nepal, India remains committed to rendering all possible assistance in that direction. India – Nepal Economic Programme has an outlay of over NRs. 6,000 crores with more than 400 large and small development projects completed or currently being implemented in almost all districts of Nepal in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development. These development projects have been undertaken in response to local needs, and in partnership with the Government of Nepal.

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