Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 June 2014- 16 June 2014 made his first official visit to Bhutan. The visit reinforced the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and upholds and strengthens the special and unique age-old friendship between Bhutan and India. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has addressed the Joint Sitting of the Parliament in the Gyalyong Tshogkhang on 16 June 2014.
Main Outcome of the visit:
• The two sides acknowledged the importance of cooperation and mutual benefit arising from the hydropower sector between the two countries and expressed satisfaction on the progress being made. Both sides recalled their commitment to achieve the target of 10000 MW.
• Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled the Foundation Stone of the 600 Megawatt Kholongchu Hydropower Project. The project is a Joint Venture project between the Indian and Bhutanese PSUs, SJVNL and Druk Green Power Corporation.
• The two sides exchanged views and held discussions on bilateral relations and economic cooperation as well as cooperation in regional and multilateral forums. They recalled the strong historical ties of friendship and understanding that exist between the governments and peoples of the two countries.
• Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay thanked the Government of India for the allocation of 45 billion rupees for the 11th Five Year Plan and 5 billion rupees for the economic stimulus plan of the Royal Government of Bhutan.
• The two sides expressed satisfaction with the cooperation between the two countries related to their mutual security.
• Also, they agreed to continue with their close coordination and cooperation with each other on issues relating to their national interests, and not allow each other’s territory to be used for interests inimical to the other.
During the visit, PM Narendra Modi made following announcements:
• Government of India would provide grant assistance for the establishment of the digital section/ E-library in the National Library of Bhutan and in all 20 districts of Bhutan.
• In keeping with the emphasis on capacity building and education, Prime Minister announced the doubling of the Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship to 20 million rupees per year.
When: 15 June 2014