On the occasion of the 68th Independence Day of India on August 15, 2014, twenty ambulances and four buses were gifted by Government of India to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organizations and educational institutions from nineteen districts in Nepal.
At a public function held in the Embassy premises in Kathmandu to mark India's Independence Day on August 15, 2014, Ambassador, Shri Ranjit Rae hoisted the national flag and read out the Address of the President of India, delivered to the nation on August 14, 2014 which stressed among other things India's support for peace, stability and development in its neighbourhood.
The Ambassador presented nineteen ambulances and four buses to recipient organizations from eighteen districts. The remaining one ambulance was gifted by the Consulate General of India, Birgunj to organizations under its consular jurisdiction. During the function, Ambassador also presented books to 75 libraries, educational and training institutions located in different regions of Nepal, including the remote districts.
Since 1994 Government of India has gifted 442 ambulances to various organizations across 73 districts in Nepal. This has helped in bringing healthcare services to the doorstep of thousands of people who do not have access to healthcare services. India has also so far gifted 86 buses to various educational and welfare institutions across 24 districts in Nepal, making access to education easier for thousands of students.
Gifting of ambulances and buses is a part of the larger India-Nepal Development Partnership with an overall outlay of over NRs. 65 billion. The cooperation consists of over 490 large and small projects in the sectors of health, education and infrastructure development which 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. These projects stand as a symbol of the deep friendship between the two countries.