India, Bangladesh sign numerous MoUs

Published: 16th February 2013 08:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2013 08:36 PM   |  A+A-


The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the constitutional amendments required for ratification of these protocols, a move that would facilitate the implementation of the LBA.

Maintaining that the amendments would be placed in the upcoming budget session of Parliament, Khurshid said "We hope it will be actually passed by Parliament in this session itself, if all goes well".

To a question about the opposition by BJP to the LBA, he said the agreement was of mutual interest and a win-win situation for both the nations.

"We are moving forward with full consultations with all the stakeholders and expect the cooperation of all political parties including the BJP. It is the vision of our great leaders and reflects the collective aspirations of the people," he said.

Asked about the pending Teesta river water sharing issue, stalled due to the opposition by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he said "I have great regards for the Chief Minister. She is also a good friend of Bangladesh and is conscious of her responsibilities... We will ensure that West Bengal is fully with us. We are committed to the issue".

He also sought joint participation of Bangladesh in the Tipaimukh project and also invited investments by Dhaka in the project.

Khurshid also handed over a solar lamp to his Bangaldeshi counterpart. During Manmohan's visit here in September 2011, he had announced that India would provide 2800 solar lamps to the beneficiaries of the Sidr cyclone shelters.

So far, 1185 solar panels and lamps have been installed in Morelganj (608) and Sharonkhola (577) Upazillas in Bagerhat District of Bangladesh. The project is in advanced stage of implementation.

An MoU for the establishment of India-Bangladesh Foundation with the objective of enhancing linkages between the two countries, particularly through economic, scientific, educational, technical and cultural co-operation and the promotion of greater understanding between the peoples of the two countries was also signed.

The activities of the Foundation would be financed through revenues from a Trust Fund to be set up through grants made available by the two sides and administered by a Board of Directors with the High Commissioners of India and Bangladesh co-Chairpersons of the Board.

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