India pledges Rs 2.04 crore on Gandhi Jayanti

KATHMANDU: On the occasion of the 140th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi - father of the Indian nation, the government of India pledged a grant of NRs 2.04 crore for the construction of buildings of the Nepal Srijanatmak Kala Guthi.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood on Friday laid the foundation stone for the construction of new building of the Silk Research Centre run by the Guthi at Sahchal and a women’s hostel for its trainees. Friday is also celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Non-violence.

The Guthi was founded by Urmila Upadhyay Garg, who had spent her formative years in the Gandhi Ashram at Sewagram, in Wardha district of India. Her family was exiled by the autocratic Rana prime ministers.

The Guthi is now providing modernised training in various craft skills to people from underprivileged communities to enable them to become economically self-reliant.

The financial assistance will be used to build a new two-storeyed building with machinery and power back-up and a three-storeyed women’s hostel to help the NGO continue with its four-year diploma course in textile and sericulture.

India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme has an outlay over Rs 2,560 crores with more than 350 large and small projects in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development are currently being implemented in almost all districts of the country.

“It reflects the commitment of the government and the people of India to work together with the people of Nepal in their stride towards peace and development,” said the embassy. “These under-construction buildings stand as a symbol of the deep friendship between India and Nepal. The government of India looks forward to many more such initiatives in association with the government and people of Nepal,” the statement added.