KATHMANDU, Feb. 3: The Ambassador of India Ranjit Rae returned to Kathmandu after successfully concluding his three days visit to the Eastern Region of Nepal. During the visit, he inaugurated five school buildings in Jhapa and Dhankuta Districts built with a total financial assistance of NRs 97 million under its Small Development Programme Scheme as part of Nepal-India Economic Cooperation Programme.
On February 02 the Ambassador inaugurated school buildings for Shree Adarsha Secondary School in Shantinagar, Shree Laxmi Secondary School in Baniyani and Shree Pashupati Secondary School in Rajgadh of Jhapa. The buildings for the three schools have been constructed with the Government of India’s grant assistance of NRs 56 million. During his address at these places, the Ambassador said that the Jhapa District has been beneficiary of the Small Development Project Scheme of the Government of India with 14 completed projects and 06 ongoing projects. Till date, the Government of India has committed financial assistance of NRs 556 million for these 20 projects. Additionally, 11 ambulances and 01 bus have been gifted to various organizations in the district, recognizing the need of the people of the district. He assured the local community the continued support of the Government of India for the development of the people of Nepal. The Ambassador also announced Mahatma Gandhi scholarship for two meritorious students of each school who score the highest marks in Class X for further studies in Class XI and XII.
Continuing his visit, the Ambassador proceeded to Dhankuta where he inaugurated a newly constructed school building for Shree Jalapa Devi Secondary School in Pakribas. Next, he inaugurated another school building for Shree Sharda Secondary School in Marekakatahare. Both the buildings have been constructed with the Government of India’s grant assistance of NRs 40.4 million. In his message, during the inauguration ceremony, the Ambassador stressed that education is a much needed foundation for development of any region and hoped that with the construction of new school buildings along with other facilities, the students would be able to enhance their knowledge and skills and contribute to Nepal socio-economic development. The Government of India has provided financial assistance of NRs 46 million for 03 completed projects in Dhankuta district. Additionally, the Government of India has, in the past, provided 06 ambulances, recognizing the need of the people of the district.
The construction of new schools in Jhapa and Dhankuta would enhance accessibility and availability of the quality education infrastructure in both the districts. The new facilities would help in dealing with the shortage of classrooms in these schools and would benefit thousands of children of the region. These projects have been supported by the Government of India under its multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional Economic Cooperation Programme with the Government of Nepal. The Government of India has been providing financial assistance for various large and small development projects in different parts of Nepal, mainly in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development, in response to local needs and in partnership with the Government of Nepal.