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PM Thinley off to India

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In a sign of deepening bilateral ties, Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley arrived in India Thursday on a three-day visit during which he will hold talks with the top leadership on hydro-electric projects among other issues, reports PTI.

Prime Minister Thinley being received in New Delhi(Picture courtesy: BBS)

The Prime Minister is being accompanied by Minister in-charge of Foreign Affairs Khandu Wangchuk, Foreign Secretary Yeshey Dorji and other officials, a statement of the Ministry of External Affairs said.

While in India, PM Thinley will call on the President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari. He will also meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, according to the Ministry.

“Among various bilateral and regional issues that are likely to be discussed, hydro-electric projects would be one of the main areas of focus.”

During recent visit of the Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, India had assured Bhutan that it will continue to finance the hydro-electric projects in that “very special” country despite 2012-13 “not” being the best year as far as its own budget was concerned, added PTI.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t know how far Bhutan will benefit from such $ multi-billions hydro projects but it is definite that it’ll have long term implications. Bhutan must be very cautious in defining the form of project as the domestic economy doesn’t support the total resources. In such situation it’s very obvious to involve other entities and this is the global trend. In Bhutan’s scenario it would have been rationale and justifiable if the private companies or investors are involved but I fear the involvement of central government.
    History showed many vivid examples of how the poor nations that allowed or depended on other investments suffered at the end. Some even have to surrender the nationhood.
    Bhutan must lobby for the Build – Operate – Transfer (BOT) principle within the short time frame. We have seen that India’s investment in different projects or infrastructures development lack the transfer of ownership to the Bhutanese part.
    Bhutan must save the revenue and invest on such projects. It’s unwise decision to raise the government servant salary and instead rely on foreign investments for its developments. This approach is more sensible.
    India has seen her future needs and began undertaking many miracles. So let’s also understand the fundamentals. With our limited understanding our future generation has to repent.