PM Modi says Nepal comes first in India’s neighbourhood policy, addresses civic reception in Janakpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed a civic reception in Janakpur during his two-day visit to Nepal after inaugurating a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya. The Prime Minister said his trip to Nepal was a reflection of his government’s commitment to “neighbourhood first” policy.

Modi said that it was his long due wish to visit the land of Goddess Sita and offer his prayers. Earlier in the day, the prime minister visited the famed Janaki Temple, dedicated to Goddess Sita. Modi took part in the Shodasopachara Pooja at the Janaki temple.

PM Modi assured Nepal that it is at the top of India’s Neighbourhood First policy as he announced a Rs100 crore package to develop Janakpur—the sacred city for Hindus—while invoking mythological links between the two countries.

The amount will be spent on different development projects forging collaboration between the central government and the local government of Province no. 2.

The prime ministers are likely to sign a number of pacts and inaugurate the Rs. 6,000-crore Arun 3 project which is expected to generate around 900 MW of power.

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