India donated 75 ambulances and 17 school buses to Nepal as part of its ongoing effort to build a “strong and enduring” partnership between the two countries and help the Himalayan nation boost its health infrastructure, health and education.
According to the Indian Embassy, the donation of 75 ambulances marks the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
“The gifting of ambulances and school buses is part of the very robust and strong development partnership between the two countries,” said, India’s newly-appointed Ambassador Naveen Srivastava.
This initiative has been one of the long-standing traditions of the Indian government under the Nepal-India Development Partnership Programme to bolster efforts of the Nepal government to strengthen its infrastructure in health and education, he added.
Nepal’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Devendra Paudel appreciated India’s various ongoing development projects in Nepal and said that these initiatives will continue to enhance people-to-people contacts and improve relations between the two countries.
The Indian mission said that 75 ambulances and 17 school buses will be handed over to various government departments and NGOs working in the health and education sectors in different districts of Nepal.
In 2021, India donated 39 ventilator-equipped ambulances to Nepal as part of its efforts to help Kathmandu fight the Covid-19 outbreak.
Similarly, in 2020, India donated 41 ambulances and six school buses to Nepal on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 151st birth anniversary