Diplomacy: The national security advisor to the Indian prime minister, (Dr) Manmohan Singh, Shivshankar Menon, assured the Bhutanese prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, yesterday, that the government of India will do everything to support Bhutan in the 11th Plan.
“We’ll do everything we can to support and provide assistance to Bhutan. We really look forward to working together and achieving positive outcomes,” said Mr Menon, who called on lyonchhoen yesterday in Thimphu.
Mr Menon arrived in the kingdom on August 8 on a three-day visit, and is accompanied by India’s newly appointed foreign secretary, Sujatha Singh.
Lyonchhoen thanked and welcomed Mr Menon and his delegation for visiting Bhutan at this critical time. He also expressed his gratitude to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for sending him a letter of felicitation and assuring GoI’s assistance in the 11th Plan.
During the meeting, Lyonchhoen presented the draft of 11th FYP and the Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP). Lyonchhoen said that the 11th FYP wasn’t adequate to address the current economic situation of the nation, which is why the present government devised the ESP, a news release from the PMO’s office said.
The ESP directive is to increase liquidity schemes in banks, which would allow loan provisions for private sectors and enhance youth employment. Lyonchhoen said that these issues required immediate attention, and the present government calls for GoI’s assistance and support to ensure that these issues are carefully and productively addressed.
Mr Menon assured Lyonchhoen that GoI will support, assist and work together with Bhutan in a coordinated way.