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UK government ready to hold dialogue with ex-Gurkhas

2021 May 29, 13:35, Kathmandu
Main building of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Whitehall, London, the United Kingdom, on June 20, 2011. Photo courtesy: Harland Quarrington

The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has made an official response to a letter concerning the demands of the ex-Gurkhas on the initiative of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) UK Chapter.

A joint letter was dispatched to the UK's Ministry of Defence last April 6 on behalf of five organisations pitching the rights of ex-Gurkhas on the initiative of NRNA Chapter vice-chairperson Prem Gaha Magar.

The two-page long response has noted that the UK government has been annually providing pension amount of around 20 billion Indian Currency to the ex-Gurkhas. Likewise, the letter also stated that the government has set up the Gurkha Welfare Fund and made payment for primary health treatment since 2019.

It is also noted in the reply letter that the UK government was ready for holding dialogue for addressing the problems of Ex-Gurkhas and routine communications were being held between the British Ambassador in Nepal and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal to that end.

Dialogue to this effect can be expedited through British Embassy in Nepal, the letter reads. It may be noted that the Prime Minister of Nepal and his British counterpart had already held discussion on the document prepared by the UK Defence Ministry regarding the management of ex-Gurkhas issues in 2019.

NRNA UK Chapter vice-chair Magar said that it was time for the Government of Nepal to put in place a concrete decision for the resolution to the ex-Gurkhas problems as per the letter of the UK government.

He has further informed that they will submit a memorandum to the Government of Nepal through its London-based Embassy in a couple of days demanding the formation of a dialogue team on behalf of the Government of Nepal


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