Sister City Agreement Between India And Nepal

The municipalities of Janakpur and Ayodhya were expected to form committees, appoint node officers, seek people`s participation and mobilize resources from foreign and local sources to launch development activities in the areas of infrastructure, environment, housing, education, culture, sport, water treatment, sound management, public health, science and technology, urban and regional planning, tourism and cultural heritage management. The agreement also provides for the exchange of delegations and the promotion of interaction at the institutional level between Janakpur and Ayodhya. The twinning agreement, signed three years ago, was due to expire on 24 November 2017, unless it is renewed. Unfortunately, no visible progress has been made in the last three years in achieving the vision of creating a living twinning. A Memorandum of Understanding on the use of the $250 million grant was signed in February 2016, including $100 million for the reconstruction of 50,000 private residences and $50 million each for the health, education and heritage sectors. On 24 August 2017, sectoral implementation agreements were signed between the two governments. Similarly, a Line of Credit Agreement (LoC) was signed in September 2016 for post-earthquake reconstruction projects of more than $750 million. The line of credit was operational in February 2017. In March 2018, the government signed two partnership agreements with UNDP and UNOPS to provide socio-technical facilities to assist housing beneficiaries in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts of Nepal. Of the 50,000 beneficiaries affected by the earthquake in Nepal`s Gorkha and Nuwakot districts assigned to the Indian government, more than 45,000 GoI-supported homes (90% of the work) have been completed to date. On 21 January 2020, the Prime Ministers of India and Nepal witnessed the progress made in the reconstruction of remote housing. The Swami Vivekananda Centre for Indian Culture was established in August 2007 in Kathmandu to showcase the best of Indian culture.

The Centre has created considerable goodwill through various cultural events it has organized in the past….