Modi announces Rs 1 billion grant for Janakpur development

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is joined by Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut, in Janakpur, on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Kathmandu, May 11

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a development grant worth Rs 1 billion dedicated to Janakpur, the capital of Province 2 in Nepal.

Modi made the announcement during a civic felicitation that the city offered to him during his visit there today.

Modi also said the fund would be jointly operated by the federal and the provincial governments for the development of city and places in its vicinity.

Meanwhile, the Indian Prime Minister also announced that his government was exploring other possibilities about including Janakpur into the Ramayan Circuit.

Earlier, while addressing the function, Modi said he was visiting Janakpur this time, not as a foreign prime minister, but as a pilgrim.

He also highlighted historical ties that Nepal’s Janakpur has with India’s Ayodhya in particular, and different dimensions of relationships between the two countries in general.

Modi repeated that India’s foreign policy was ‘neighbourhood first’; hence, Nepal was also on priority. He said he would extend support to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s ‘Happy Nepali: Prosperous Nepal’ campaign.

Modi is flying to Kathmandu this afternoon.


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