Staff Reporter 

The Government of India released Nu 851 million earlier this month for ‘key development projects’ underway in Bhutan in sectors such as physical infrastructure, education and skill development.

For the 12th Five Year Plan of Bhutan, Government of India has committed an amount of Nu 50 billion, which is being utilised for the implementation of 82 Project Tied Assistance (PTA) Projects, 524 High Impact Community Development Projects, Programme Grant Support to the Royal Government of Bhutan and development of trade infrastructure and trade governance mechanisms under Trade Support Facility.

An amount of Nu 425 million has been released as programme grant to the Royal government, to be used for projects in sectors critical for post-pandemic recovery.

A press release from the Indian Embassy in Thimphu stated that through this release, the Government of India was also helping infrastructure development at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law in Paro, Bhutan’s first law college. The college is being developed as a model construction project incorporating international best practices in construction quality and energy efficiency.

Funds have been also released to support the construction of 20 primary boarding schools in 14 dzongkhags. The project will help improve access to education for rural and remote communities and help retain primary students closer to their communities, the press release stated.

Other Bhutan-India development cooperation projects such as professional development of teachers and resurfacing of Samtse-Tashichoeling-Tendruk Road have been supported through this release of funds.

“The Government of India remains firmly committed to working together with the government and the people of the Kingdom of Bhutan in advancing our close and unique ties of friendship and cooperation,” the press release stated.