NEW DELHI, (PNA/IRNA) –India said it is committed to provide military equipment, including non-lethal weapons and vehicles, required by the Nepal Army to take on security duties during the Constituent Assembly polls, authorities said in Kathmandu Saturday.
The commitment was conveyed by Indian Army chief Gen Bikram Singh and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh to Nepal Army chief Gen Gaurav Shumsher Rana, who returned home today after a week-long official visit to India, pti reported.
The Indian Army chief…expressed commitment to provide military equipment required by the Nepal Army, the reported said quoting a statement from the military.
During her discussions with Rana, Foreign Secretary Singh said India is prepared to provide all kinds of assistance to the Nepal Army and the military equipment that is in the pipeline would be dispatched before the November 19 polls.
The equipment includes non-lethal weapons, ammunition, logistics and vehicles for assisting in the election, Nepal Army sources said.
The Indian side also responded positively to Nepal’s request for providing a helicopter, according to army headquarters.
Nepal has projected a need for military gear, including vehicles to be used by the 61,000 troops to be deployed for the Constituent Assembly elections. Last month, Nepal amended its Constitution to allow the mobilization of the army to ensure free and fair polls.
India had halted military supplies to Nepal in 2005 after deposed King Gynendra Shah assumed absolute powers by imposing emergency rule.