18th August, 2019
On the last day of Bhutan's visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the students of The Royal University of Bhutan, said that currently more than four thousand Bhutanese students are studying in Indian universities. This number should increase now. He said that the world knows Bhutan by its notion of gross national happiness. Bhutan has understood the sense of harmony, solidarity and compassion much better. He also said, "Your 130 crore Indian friends will not only be proud of your progress but will also praise you." They will partner you, share their knowledge with you and learn from you.
Not geographically culturally connected
Addressing the students, the Prime Minister said that I feel very good to be among you. Today is Sunday and you guys have to attend the lecture, so I will speak in very few words. Today I am with the future of Bhutan. People of Bhutan and India naturally feel a sense of belonging to each other. This is because we are not only geographically close to each other, but also, our history, culture and traditional customs intensify the relationship between the people and the two countries.
India is going through a historical transition
PM Modi told the students of the university that India is moving forward in many areas today. Poverty in India is rapidly decreasing. Infrastructure construction has doubled in five years. We will spend $ 15 billion on Next Generation Infrastructure. In India, the world's largest health sector service is Ayushman Bharat, which ensures health services to around 500 million Indians. India has the cheapest data, directly or indirectly empowering millions of people.
Bhutan will get help in the field of disaster management
Let us know that on the first day of this tour, India and Bhutan have signed agreements for cooperation in 10 areas including space, science, engineering, judicial and communication. Signed by Director in Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Director in Ministry of Information and Communications of Bhutan for cooperation in the field of space. This will help Bhutan in the fields of communication, public broadcasting and disaster management. Additional bandwidth and transponders will also be provided according to Bhutan's needs. These agreements have been signed after the delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Sherring.
The space program is a matter of development, not just of pride
The Prime Minister said that India and Bhutan's cooperation in the field of hydropower and energy is important. But the real strength of this relationship is the people. People will always be at the center of this relationship. He said that we are moving our relationship from school to space, from digital payments to disaster management. It will be directly related to youth like you. He also said that India's Chandrayaan-2 is on the way to the moon. In the year 2022, we will send Indians to space. For us, the space program is not only of national pride, but also a matter of national development and global cooperation.