Tripartite Agreement On Gurkha Soldiers
“This issue was also discussed last year between the Prime Ministers of Nepal and the United Kingdom in London, as well as the need for a timely review of the 1947 tripartite agreement,” the letter says. “The ministry recalls that the two Prime Ministers had an exchange of views on continuing discussions to address these issues.” Nepal`s Gorkha soldiers have been an integral part of the Indian Army for more than six decades and there are currently 39 battalions serving in 7 Gorkha regiments. New Delhi: Nepal`s Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali called Gurkha`s recruitment a legacy of the past and called the 1947 tripartite agreement superfluous and said that, in the amended context, some provisions were questionable. Nepal`s former ambassador to India, Bhek Bahadur Thapa, said the issue of the employment of Gorkha soldiers abroad was old and that the current young Nepalese generation needed to tackle it. I will make a statement with permission on the outcome of discussions on the future deployment of Gurkha troops. I am pleased to announce to Parliament that discussions between representatives of the Government of Nepal, Her Majesty`s Government in the United Kingdom and the Government of India on the future employment of Gurkha troops, which took place in Kathmandu in a climate of cordiality and goodwill, culminated in the signing on 9 November of a tripartite memorandum of understanding and accompanying documents. It is significant to mention here that earlier this year Nepal proposed to the United Kingdom to review and replace with a bilateral agreement a 73-year tripartite agreement with India and Great Britain on the recruitment and sending of Gurkha soldiers, as well as their benefits and facilities. The 1947 agreement between India, Nepal and the United Kingdom on the military service of Gorkha soldiers has become “redundant,” Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Friday. “We raised this issue during the Prime Minister`s recent visit to the United Kingdom.
The relevance of the tripartite agreement is already over. We said we wanted to talk separately with India and Britain,” the Nepalese daily said. We would like to propose formal talks to review the tripartite agreement and highlight concerns about complaints from Gurkha veterans,” the ministry said. “The Department would like the British Embassy to be able to work with the relevant British authorities to examine these issues and work out details together, including the formation of teams on both sides. The 1947 agreement divided the Gorkha regiments of the British Empire between India and the United Kingdom. She also assured that Gorkha soldiers in Nepal would enjoy benefits and privileges equivalent to their colleagues during their British military service. However, Gorkha veterans claim that the UK discriminated against them. Mr. Gyawali did not outline the specific conditions that Nepal wishes to address with India regarding Gorkha soldiers in the Indian army. Last year, in December, Nepal said it wanted to review a military agreement allowing its citizens to be linked to the British army. Gyawali said the Nepalese government should also be part of the recruitment process, adding that the agreement should also take into account other issues such as pensions and other benefits, as they are not on an equal footing with their British counterparts. “The recruitment of Gorkha is a legacy of the past.
On the one hand, it was the first window open to young Nepalese to go abroad. In the past, it has helped create many jobs for society. In the amended context, some of these provisions have become questionable.