Nepal asks India not to recruit Gurkhas under the new Agnipath scheme

File: Gurkha soldiers in India
File: Gurkha soldiers in India

Kathmandu, August 25

Nepal has asked India not to requits its citizens in the Indian Army under the new Agnipath scheme.

Nepal’s Foreign Affairs Minister Narayan Khadka held a meeting with the Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Naveen Shreevastav and asked him to wait until the government discusses the issue with stakeholders here, according to a source.

Agnipath scheme, under which only 25 per cent of the personnel will be retained as the permanent force after four years, has turned controversial in India also. As Nepal has been sending its citizens, popularly known as Gurkhas, to the Indian Army historically, New Delhi earlier had asked Kathmandu to decide if it wants to be a part of the scheme.

However, Nepal took months to make a decision and it asked India not to recruit the personnel only when all preparations had been over to run recruitment camps in Butwal and Dharan.

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