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Days: 02 (3rd and 4th August 2014)

People met: President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Chair of the Constituent Assembly, Nepal foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and Leaders of Nepali bussiness community and political parties

Shri Narendra Modi offered prayers at Pashupatinath Temple on Monday, 4th August 2014.


Prime Minister made his 2nd bilateral visit in the region to Nepal
Reaffirmed commitment to develop cooperation and enhance bilateral ties

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In yet another positive step towards improving bi-lateral relations with India's neighbouring countries, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi embarked on a two day (3-4 August 2014) visit to Nepal. He was formally invited by the Government of Nepal in order to speed-up the negotiations and strengthen the relations. "This is the land of Sita and Janak, Nepal-India relations are as old as the Himalayas and the Ganga," Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said during his two day visit to Nepal.

Prior to his departure for Nepal

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expressed his feelings before his visit to the Himalayan Kingdom. He was glad that within weeks of assuming office as PM, he got the chance to visit the country. "My visit reflects our shared heritage of nature, history, culture, spiritualism and religion. It highlights the high priority that my Government attaches to our relations with Nepal and our determination to take our relationship to an entirely new level," he said before leaving for the visit. This is the first bi-lateral visit to Nepal by an Indian PM in last 17 years. On his plans for the visit, he said, "During my visit, I will have the opportunity to hold detailed discussions with the Nepalese leadership on the entire gamut of bilateral relations. I look forward to working with the leadership of Nepal to forge a new relationship for the new century between our two rapidly transforming countries." He further added, "We will identify steps to strengthen our bilateral cooperation in key sectors, including trade and investment, hydro power, agriculture and agro-processing, environment, tourism, education, culture and sports. I will also discuss with Nepali leadership and their business leaders how we can harness the full potential of the new digital age to empower and create new opportunities for the youth of the two countries".

Two day visit to Nepal 

PM Shri Narendra Modi, accompanied by the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, is the first foreign leader to address the Nepalese constituent assembly-cum-parliament on Sunday, 3rdAugust 2014. Prime Minister of Nepal Shri Sushil Koirala, who graced his Indian counterpart’s swearing-in ceremony with his presence, received Shri Modi at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

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Recalling his previous visits to the country as a pilgrim, he said in Nepali language before continuing his speech in Hindi, "I have returned to this beautiful country as a friend and I am happy to come here as Prime Minister". He undoubtedly created a wave of euphoria amongst the Nepalese people as he started his gripping address to the Parliament in Nepali language. Talking about the trip, he added, "Since the day I entered the Prime Minister's office, strengthening relationship with Nepal is one of the top priorities of my government".

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Addressing the Nepalese Parliament

While addressing the Nepalese Parliament, Shri Modi announced Rs 10,000 crore as concessional line of credit to Nepal. The man who has all the formulae for development, also proposed a HIT formula for the development of the land-locked country endowed with rich hydropower potential. By HIT, the Indian Prime Minister meant - H:Highways, I:I-ways and T:Transways. Shri Modi said, “these three combined together would pave the way for rapid development of the country and India wants to give this gift at the earliest.”

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Shri Narendra Modi held talks with Nepal Prime Minister Koirala and Shri Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal in Kathmandu on Sunday. "Modi is result-oriented and gives priority to economic prosperity. He wants to consolidate ties with Nepal," foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said after the meeting.

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According to Nepal PM’s Foreign Policy Advisor, Dinesh Bhattarai, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said to Koirala, “My visit is focussed on development and a new beginning between the two countries,” in the presence of Indian and Nepali government figures and officials. Shri Narendra Modi assured Nepal PM that the ongoing peace process in Nepal would be concluded as per Nepal’s requirements as it is completely a Nepali matter. In the presence of the prime ministers of both the countries, the officials signed three memorandum of understanding (MoU) – • Tourism development in Nepal • Goitre Control Programme in Nepal, • Co-operation between the state-controlled television channels – Doordarshan and Nepal Television (NTV) They also exchanged terms of reference (ToR) on Pancheshwar Development Authority. Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi offered a credit line of $1 billion to the Himalayan nation for road and hydro-power projects. Shri Narendra Modi also expressed his hopes for the India-Nepal relationship to serve as a "model and catalyst" for South Asian partnership for prosperity.

Shri Narendra Modi offered prayers at thefamous Pashuspati Temple on Monday, 4th August 2014.

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Expressing his happiness on visiting the temple, he said, “Felt extremely blessed on offering prayers at the Pashupatinath Temple this morning”.

3 He also met President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. On PM’s Nepali speech, president Dr. Ram Baran Yadav told Shri Narendra Modi, “You have won our hearts with your speech at the Parliament yesterday”.

As an extension of the visit, PM Shri Narendra Modi also met the leaders of the Nepali political parties and the business communities.

During the visit, Shri Narendra Modi also met Unified Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

On reuniting Jeet Bhadur with his family during the Nepal visit

Shri Modi’s Nepal visit was also a landmark visit on a personal note. During his visit to Nepal he was accompanied by Jeet Bahadur, a boy from Nepal who was being supported by the PM for several years. It was an emotional moment for all of them. "...Long back, I met a young, helpless boy named Jeet Bahadur who had no idea about his whereabouts and also did not understand language properly... Inspired by the almighty, I started worrying about his future and soon he developed an interest in studies and also started understanding Gujarati...," Shri Modi tweeted.

Jeet Bahadur left his home years ago and reached Ahmedabad, where he met Shri Modi. Shri Modi then took care of his education. A few years ago a businessmen from Nepal met Shri Modi, who told him that he would only visit Nepal once the boy’s family located he would visit Nepal. In record time the family was located and Jeet Bahadur was united with his family. During this trip Shri Modi had the opportunity to travel to Nepal with Jeet Bahadur himself and meet his family.

6 Nepal was excited to welcome Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi

People in Nepal were at its best ahead of the visit. "All preparations related to Modi's visit have been completed", said Dinesh Bhattaraio, foreign relations adviser to Sushil Koirala. The flags of both the countries, Nepal and India were put up on the major streets of the city. The Himalayan country was excited about the visit and there people on the roads to catch a glimpse of Modi ji, who in turn made special efforts to connect with people. It was a lovely sight.

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Extending special hospitality to Shri Narendra Modi, Nepal's Speaker Subash Chandra Nembang ordered a special tea from Ilam. Ilam is a place in Nepal which produces world class green tea.

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The Nepal visit by PM Shri Narendra Modi is being seen as a major diplomatic push and a positive step towards improving relations with the Himalayan country.

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Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.