India and Nepal held a Joint Project Monitoring Committee meeting on post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Kathmandu today.

The meeting was co-chaired by Joint-secretary (North) Anurag Srivastava, Ministry of External Affairs (Government of India), and Secretary of National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Chandra Tiwari.

The JPMC Mechanism was set up in August 2017 in a bid to monitor the progress of Nepal's post-earthquake reconstruction projects assisted by the Government of India.

The meeting was attended by representatives of concerned ministries, departments and agencies of the Government of Nepal, officials of the Government of India, consultants and other stakeholders engaged in implementation of the projects. The last JPMC meeting was held on 8 March 2020 in Kathmandu.

According to the Embassy of India, the meeting carried out a comprehensive review of the progress of post-earthquake reconstruction projects in housing, education, health and cultural heritage sectors in Nepal assisted by the Government of India.

Both sides expressed satisfaction over the successful completion of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts of Nepal, constructed under the Government of India's assistance in the Housing sector.

Similarly, both sides also noted with appreciation the progress achieved in reconstruction projects being undertaken under education, cultural heritage and health sectors in Nepal. The co-chairs agreed to hold the next meeting of the JPMC on a mutually convenient date.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 1, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.