India provides Rs 71 million to Nepal

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Kathmandu, Mar 20 (UNI) India has provided a grant of Rs 71.29 million for school and hospital projects in Saptari and Siraha districts of Nepal.

The assistance would be disbursed for the new school building of Shree Chandra High School in Siraha Municipality, emergency and maternity wards of Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital in Rajbiraj and Shree Narendra Memorial Public Secondary School at Boriya with the assistance of Rs 28.08 million, Rs 29.70 million and Rs 13.51 million respectively.

In separate public functions held yesterday, Ambassador of India to Nepal Shiv Shankar Mukherjee laid the foundation stone for new buildings in Saptari and Siraha districts.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mukherjee underlined the importance of educational and health infrastructure in Nepal's overall national development and expressed the hope that various development projects being implemented under the Nepal-India Economic Cooperation Programme would make a contribution in that direction.

He emphasised that all energies of the Nepalese people and their leaders at present were being directed towards holding the Constituent Assembly elections in a free and fair manner to enable them to decide their own destiny.

The task of developing and providing a better life for the Nepalese must go side by side, and in this endeavor, as always, India would walk with Nepal at every step, he said.

These projects are being implemented by the concerned District Development Committees, while separate oversight committees with local community participation will monitor the projects for their effective and timely implementation.

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